Economics


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 […]

Our Response To The Government’s Immigration White Paper

The proposal to admit an unlimited number of low-skilled workers from a range of countries is astonishing. A validity ‘limited to twelve months’ could well become a means of fiddling the immigration figures since they do not count as migrants unless they intend to be here for more than a year. Furthermore, there is no way in which their […]

Written Evidence Submitted By Lord Green Of Deddington, Chairman Of Migration Watch Uk, To The House Of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, June 2018

Post-Brexit migration What should the Government’s objectives be in drawing up a post Brexit immigration system? 1. The key objectives should be to end free movement so as to control and substantially reduce net migration from the EU, to retain the ability to recruit highly-skilled migrants from the EU and to maintain and develop the […]

Selected Quotes From Migration Advisory Committee Interim Report On European Economic Area Migration

Below are selected quotes from the new report, published on 27 March 2018 by the independent Migration Advisory Committee, entitled: ‘EEA-workers in the UK labour market: Interim Update’. GDP Per Head & Productivity ‘The MAC view is that the UK has a well-known and long-standing productivity problem, lagging behind similar countries and a great deal […]

Talk Of A Brexodus Is Absurd But The Public Will Not Be Fooled

‘Exodus of the EU migrants’ said the front page of the Daily Express. ‘Brexodus’ exclaimed the Daily Star. BBC News led with: ‘Record numbers of EU nationals leaving the UK.’ As Julia Hartley-Brewer pointed out, the BBC headline was rich given the fact that the article quoted statistics for the period after the referendum showing […]

Submission By Lord Green Of Deddington, Chairman Of Migration Watch Uk, To The House Of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee

‘Immigration and Scotland’ Summary points:  Scotland’s labour force is much less dependent on migrant workers than most of the rest of the UK. The majority of EU migrants in Scotland are employed in lower skilled jobs. A sample of Scottish employers and industry representatives found that they were ‘emphatic’ that Scotland’s employment needs are not different from the rest of the UK, apart from […]

Response To An Offensive Comment On Conservative Home

A comment on Lord Green’s article in Conservative Home on 20 November 2017 about the relevance of an EEA style arrangement for post-Brexit immigration from the EU made no attempt to address the argument. Instead, it contained the following abusive content: “It is perfectly fine and welcome to have rigorous debate about this topic, but […]

Summary Of Migration Watch Evidence To The Migration Advisory Committee – Costs And Benefits Of Immigration From The European Economic Area

Introduction 1. The Government has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee to weigh the evidence about the costs and benefits of EEA immigration. We believe that the evidence is clear: that while some immigration is beneficial to the UK, uncontrolled free movement from the EU is not.  Our arguments are summarised below. The current pattern of EU […]

Do We Really Need Yet More Eu Workers?

This week our Chairman Lord Green of Deddington wrote an article for Conservative Home arguing that claims made by businesses that they need continued net inflows of migrants from the EU must be scrutinised by government. The full article is below. Do we really need yet more EU workers? By Lord Green of Deddington As […]

No Evidence That Cutting Net Migration Would Be ‘catastrophic’ For British Economy

The organisation Global Future argues in a recent report (published on 19th March) that cutting net migration would be ‘catastrophic’ for the British economy. It claims that continued high rates of net migration help keep unemployment low, tackle the UK’s chronically low productivity growth and are essential in helping to address the consequences of an ageing […]

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