European Union


Estimate Of 2020 Arrivals By Illegal Channel Crossing

The number of people arriving in the UK via illegal Channel crossing is on course to reach at least 7,500 in 2020 should they continue at the rate seen since January and in the absence of effective measures to stop them. The number of crossings in the year so far – 2,400 – is four […]

Majority Of Brits Want More Done To Stop Illegal Boat Crossings

A majority of the public believe that the government is not doing enough to tackle illegal Channel crossings in small boats from France and Belgium. And, as a new Migration Watch UK paper highlights the many millions of pounds spent by the government with France on addressing illlegal immigration, we ask: ‘Are UK taxpayers getting […]

The Coronavirus Crisis And Border Control

Introduction 1. There is a clear risk that older visitors from overseas could add to pressures on an already struggling NHS. In recent years there have been about 14 million visitor admissions per year from outside the EU, some from countries where the virus is a significant factor. Nearly ten million of these visitors were […]

The Government Should Retain The £30,000 Pay Threshold For Foreign Workers

The government have asked the Migration Advisory Committee to carry an in-depth analysis of potential future salary thresholds and the range at which they could be set. It would not be in the interests of the UK economy, its workers, or the general population for the primary Tier 2 salary threshold to be set below £30,000 per […]

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 […]

Written Evidence Submitted By Migration Watch To House Of Commons Public Bill Committee On The Immigration And Social Security Co-ordination Bill

Spring 2019 Summary: It is vital that post-Brexit changes to the immigration system help to restore public confidence in border control and also deliver a significant reduction in immigration levels. Proposals in the Immigration White Paper to loosen the Tier 2 (General) route for skilled workers are very concerning. Reliance on immigration is not the optimal means […]

How Much Control Do Member States Have Over Free Movement?

Summary The suggestion that Belgium has shown that inflows of EU citizens can be controlled despite free movement is simply wrong. While EU law makes provision for certain restrictions on entry and stay, the scope is limited and both technical and practical issues severely restrict its application in practice. Context EU Directive 2004/38/EC stipulates that […]

1st April 2019 (European Union)

Immigration And The Irish Border In The Event Of A No Deal Brexit

The government has consistently said that it will do everything in its power to avoid a hardening of the Irish border whatever the circumstances (although it has also been argued that, in the event of a no deal Brexit, a ‘hard border would be inevitable’). The government said in December 2018 that British / Irish […]

What Would An Extension Of Article 50 Mean For Immigration?

Summary: Freedom of movement to the UK would continue during any extension period. EU net migration has averaged 80,000 per year since the Referendum. The extension of Article 50 may substitute for the transition period. However, as Martin Howe QC has argued, unlike during the transition period (during which free movement would also continue), the […]

Potential Impact Of White Paper – Exposure Of Full-time Jobs To New / Increased Global Recruitment

Summary: Depending on the primary salary threshold for skilled workers that is finally implemented as part of the post-Brexit immigration system, between 6.2 million and up to 8.8 million full-time jobs held by UK-born employees would be exposed to the potential for new or much increased global recruitment. This is based on analysis of the number of full-time […]

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