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Estimated Cost Of Housing And Payments For Failed Asylum Claimants

What is the estimated cost of supporting asylum seekers and how has it changed? 1. The overall cost of the asylum system is nearly £1 billion per annum (Home Office figures for 2019/20). As part of this spending, the government is required by the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (henceforth ‘the 1999 Act’) to provide […]

3rd October 2020 (Asylum, Enforcement, Legal Matters, Policy)

Removal Of Illegals Drops Like A Stone

Less than 3% (fewer than 250) of 9,100 or so people who have been detected illegally crossing the Channel since the start of 2019 (see our Tracker) have been returned to safe EU states (only one in every 37 arrivals). This news comes following a scathing report by the National Audit Office which detailed the […]

Trends In Asylum-related Support And Accommodation

The number of asylum claimants accommodated in hotels has increased to more than 9,000. Home Office officials told the House of Commons Public Accounts Select Committee that 9,500 people have been put up in almost a hundred hotels in around 50 local authority areas. This number has more than doubled over the summer, since the […]

18th September 2020 (Asylum, Migration Trends, Policy, Refugees)

Illegal Channel Crossings Are A Huge Injustice

Illegal Channel crossings are spiralling upwards. More people crossed in the past month than all of 2019. It’s part of a larger European debacle which began in earnest with Angela Merkel’s foolhardy invitation in the summer of 2015 to irregular migrants to come to Germany. Nearly 1.9 million people have illegally crossed into the EU […]

Immigration In The Era Of Covid

We have no comprehensive picture yet of what has happened to immigration since the ‘lockdown’ began on 23 March. However, the following Home Office link shows that visa applications and grants, extensions of leave and asylum applications and grants all dropped very sharply during April, both due to travel restrictions around the world and staffing […]

Red Wall Constituents Oppose Government’s Immigration Proposals

Migration Watch UK have today published the results of an opinion poll focused on the Red Wall constituencies on which the government’s majority in the House of Commons depends.  The poll was conducted in 70 selected constituencies ranging from North Wales across to the North East of England and was carried out by Deltapoll in […]

Rocketing Asylum Costs Combine With Widespread Abuse

New data released by the Home Office confirms that the cost of the asylum system has risen from £474 million in 2014/15 to £956 million in 2019/20. The latter total is equivalent to paying salaries of over 30,000 police officers (see average police office salary here). The data was quietly issued as part of this […]

Some Are In Denial About The Massive Abuse Of Our Asylum System

Recently we pointed to an explosive claim that there has been a recent ‘increase in abuse’ of the asylum system. This triggered the open borders industry. Clearly we struck a nerve. We cited as a source a June 2020 National Audit Office report (NAO) on immigration enforcement which examined a claim by the Home Office […]

4 In 5 Illegal Channel Crossers Refused Asylum

The Home Secretary told a Parliamentary Committee that those crossing the Channel have previously rejected the option of seeking asylum while passing through safe countries. Ms Patel said ‘migrants had journeyed through other countries which were safe refuges’. She added: “France is a safe country, Germany is a safe country, Italy is a safe country, […]

More Points-based System Details Released

Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “The government has been pushed into the flawed system that was proposed before Covid-19 struck. They are ploughing ahead as if the last four months hasn’t happened, overlooking entirely the rapidly increasing unemployment. “This system will encourage undercutting, while drawing in people from poorer countries that […]

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