Marriage Visas And English Language Competence

Paragraph 281 of the Immigration Rules sets out the requirements which have to be met for a foreign spouse or civil partner (other than one from inside the European Economic Area) of a British citizen or person settled in the United Kingdom to be granted entry clearance enabling him or her to enter the United […]

27th June 2013 (Family, Policy)

Operation Nexus

This is the title of an operation launched by the Metropolitan Police in September 2012 which has recently attracted a certain amount of media attention. The object of it is to use deportation as a sanction against foreign unconvicted criminals. Deporting convicted criminals is not usually a problem, subject to the operation of Article 8 […]

Family Migration To The Uk

Summary The vast majority of family visas – 77% – were granted to the partners/spouses of British citizens or settled migrants. The largest number of grants is to Pakistani and Indian applicants. Some family migrants are more permanent than others – data suggests that the majority of people who enter on partner visas from the […]

20th June 2013 (Family, Population)

A Lesson In Spin From The Migration Matters Trust

This week we were treated to the news that ‘opposition to immigration drops when people are told about the economic benefits of net migration’. Former Labour Immigration Minister Barbara Roche – who presided over much of Labour’s immigration shambles – claimed that ‘when the full facts of migration are presented to the British people, they […]

13th June 2013 (Economics, Population)

London’s ‘demographic Explosion’

Today, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson made a speech about investment in the future of London. He pointed to the ‘demographic explosion’ now occurring and the resulting huge shortage of both homes and school places but he made no reference to the impact of immigration. He seemed to regard the population increase as entirely […]

Students And Net Migration

On Thursday 6 June both Houses of Parliament debated the demand by five chairmen of Parliamentary Committees that the government remove students from their net migration target. The government have flatly refused to the fury of these eminent Parliamentarians. They point out that the Universities Lobby have got their facts completely wrong. Contrary to their […]

7th June 2013 (Education, Employment, Population)

Students And The Net Migration Target

On the eve of debates in both Houses of Parliament, Migration Watch UK has issued Briefing Paper No 2.24 underlining the need to continue including students in the calculation of net migration. Key points as follows:         Our major competitors do include them (as Universities UK now apparently accept).  To remove them […]

Eu Migrant Access To The British Welfare State

  1. The government should strongly resist efforts by the EU to further weaken British control over access tour welfare system. The Habitual Residence Test 2. It was announced today that the UK is to be taken to the European Court of Justice over its rules regarding access to welfare for EU immigrants (See here). […]

Migration Watch Uk Media Comment On Vince Cable’s Remarks

Commenting on Vince Cable's remarks, Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "Vince Cable is not only completely out of touch with public opinion but also completely wrong on his facts. University applications went up by 5% last year. The fall in students was almost entirely amongst college applicants from the Indian Subcontinent […]

29th May 2013 (Education)

Immigration And Visa Statistics

Commenting on the latest immigration and visa statistics released this morning, Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “The latest immigration figures are very good news. Net migration is down by 89,000 on the previous year and the government have achieved this without harming the business or university sectors. University applicants are up […]

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