Current Affairs


Statistical Failures Should Not Obscure The Huge Gulf Between Politicians And The Public Over Immigration

By Alp Mehmet, Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2019 The public will rightly approach the new immigration figures, which estimate that 226,000 more long-term migrants moved here than departed in the year ending March 2019, with a healthy dose of scepticism. That is only natural in the wake of an admission by the Office for National […]

How The Immigration White Paper Flies In The Face Of The Findings And Recommendations Of Government’s Own Migration Advisory Committee

Summary Notwithstanding the change of Prime Minister and Home Secretary, it appears that the December 2018 Immigration White Paper is still to form the basis of future immigration policy after Brexit. The government claim to have been guided by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in drawing up these proposals and, following pressure from the corporate […]

The United Kingdom’s Points Based System

Summary The UK already has a Points Based System (PBS) but it has failed to reduce, or even control, immigration. It needs reinforcement, not disruptive change. The Australian system operates entirely differently – its main purpose is to increase, not to reduce, immigration. The UK Experience A PBS was introduced in 2008 for work and […]

Charities’ Call For The Uk To Settle A ‘fair And Proportionate’ Share Of Refugees

Twenty seven Chief Executives of Refugee organisations and human rights advocacy groups wrote to the Prime Minister on 4 January calling for the UK to increase substantially the number of refugees that it accepts The groups called on the government to agree to resettle a ‘fair and proportionate number of those already within the European Union […]

6th January 2016 (Asylum, Current Affairs, Refugees)

The Wages Of Millions Of British Workers Affected By Immigration

Commenting on the latest Bank of England research on the impact of immigration on wages, Lord Green of Deddington said:   “For many years the immigration lobby have claimed that there is no evidence that immigration has any significant effect on the wages of British workers.  This new research by the Bank of England blows their […]

21st December 2015 (Current Affairs, Economics, Employment)

Migration Watch Uk Press Comment On Conservative Manifesto Launch

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: ‘It is important that the Conservatives have retained their intention to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands and set out some clear policies to help achieve that.  This is welcome news.'   

14th April 2015 (Current Affairs, Policy)

British Future – A New Low In Slanted Opinion Polls

On 30th March an article appeared in The Independent with the headline “Majority of voters not convinced by Tory promises to lower immigration to below 100,000." (See here). The article claimed that, not only were the public sceptical that the policy can be delivered, but also that they think it would be better to aim […]

2nd April 2015 (Current Affairs)

Labour Still Doesn’t Grasp Public Anger At Immigration

By Sir Andrew Green Yvette Cooper’s speech on immigration yesterday illustrates the huge gap between the public and politicians. The shadow home secretary’s remarks amounted to an elegant camouflage for Labour’s absence of policy on the key issues. The central issue is not whether immigration is good or bad, but what is a desirable scale […]

11th April 2014 (Current Affairs, Policy)

The Migration Matters Trust And Their Estimate Of Migration From Bulgaria And Romania

On 8th August the Migration Matters Trust (MMT), chaired by Barbara Roche and co-chaired by Gavin Barwell MP published their estimate of immigration from Romania and Bulgaria which they put at 20,000 for 2014.[1],[2]. On 18 August an article in The Observer quoted Atul Hatwal the Director of the MMT as saying that higher claims […]

No Sign Yet Of Any Significant Inflow From Southern Europe

1. To see if there has been a recent increase in immigration from the EU14 there are three useful sources of data: Long Term International Migration Data (LTIM); Annual Population Survey (APS) and; National Insurance Numbers (NINOs).  The APS data has only been available since 2004 and so this is the start date for the […]

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