We are an independent, voluntary, non political body which is concerned about the present scale of immigration into the UK.

Recent Briefing Papers

The British in Europe – and Vice Versa
18th February 2015


1. There are around 1.3 million British born people living in another EU country. This is about half the 2.7 million people born in another EU country who now live in the UK, of which 1.8 million are working.

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Response to the APPG Inquiry into Post Study Work Visas
24th February 2015

1. In June 2014 the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration launched an inquiry into the impact of the closure of the Tier 1 (Post Study Work) visa in April 2012. Today they have released their findings in a report which calls on the government to introduce a new route that allows students to remain for at least 12 months from graduation in order to secure skilled employment.

2. The APPG has concluded that the UK has become a less attractive destination to study due to the closure of the Post Study Work (PSW) route. It is argued that the closure of the PSW led to a ‘substantial decline’ in international students and that while growth has returned the group expressed concern that the UK was losing market share in some countries to international competitors. The picture presented was one of the UK ‘losing out’ to the USA, Australia and other English speaking countries in the race to attract international students.

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Recent Press Releases

Migration Watch UK Press Comment - Household Projections for England ignore the impact of immigration?
27th February 2015

Statement from Migration Watch Vice Chairman, Alp Mehmet:

"The Department of Communities and Local Government has today published its household projections for England out to 2037 in which they state that future increases in households will come overwhelmingly from population growth, with an extra 5.2 million households by 2037; an increase of 4,000 households per week. About 85% of population growth since 2000 has been as a result of immigration. In the long run all population growth in the UK is projected to come from immigration. However, unlike previous household projections from the DCLG, there is no estimate of the magnitude of its role in household increase. Indeed, there is no mention of immigration at all in their report.

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Migration Watch UK Press Comment on Net Migration Figures
26th February 2015

Commenting, Lord Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK said:

"These figures will be extremely disappointing for the public. The additional pressure on housing and public services is clearly unmanageable.

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Net migration nearly quadrupled from 48,000 in 1997 to 185,000 in 2003. Once the East Europeans had been granted free movement in 2004 it peaked at 320,000 in the year ending June 2005. Net foreign migration between 1997 and 2010 totalled nearly 4 million, two thirds of it non EU.

In 2013 over half a million migrants arrived in Britain, more than the total population of Bradford. In the same year 314,000 migrants left so net migration was 212,000.

We must build a new home every seven minutes for new migrants for the next 20 years or so.

England (not the UK) is the second most crowded country in Europe, after the Netherlands, excluding island and city states.

The UK population is projected to grow by over 9 million (9.4m) in just 25 years’ time, increasing from 64 million in 2013 to 73 million by 2039. Of this increase, about two thirds is projected to be due to future migrants and their children - the equivalent of the current populations of Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bristol, Cardiff, Newcastle, Belfast and Aberdeen.

To keep the population of the UK below 70 million, net migration must be reduced to around 40,000 a year. It would then peak in mid-century at just under 70 million (about 69.7 million).

Revised July 2014

  • “One spectacular mistake in which I participated (not alone) was in lifting the transitional restrictions on the Eastern European states like Poland and Hungary which joined the EU in mid-2004. Other existing EU members, notably France and Germany, decided to stick to the general rule which prevented migrants from these new states from working until 2011. Thorough research by the Home Office suggested that the impact of this benevolence would in any event be 'relatively small, at between 5,000 and 13,000 immigrants per year up to 2010'. Events proved these forecasts worthless. Net migration reached close to a quarter of a million at its peak in 2010. Lots of red faces, mine included.”

    Jack Straw, the Labour MP for Blackburn and former Home Secretary, speaking to his local newspaper about the 2004 Accession of the A8 to Europe and Labour’s decision not to impose transitional controls on workers from these countries. The Home Office forecast that just 13,000 would move to Britain. The current population of A8 nationals in the UK is over one million. (November 2013)

  • Helen Boaden, Director, Radio and until recently Director, BBC News, accepts that when she came into her role in September 2004 there had been a problem in the BBC’s coverage of immigration. She was aware, she told us, of a “deep liberal bias” in the way that the BBC approached the topic, and specifically that press releases coming from Migration Watch were not always taken as seriously as they might have been.

    Helen Boaden’s Evidence to BBC’s Prebble Review (July 2013)

  • People didn't believe the authorities knew what they were doing and there's a very good reason for that - they didn't.

    Phil Woolas, Immigration Minister, reported in The Sun (21 October, 2008)

  • I have made this point many times before but can we please stop saying that Migration Watch forecasts are wrong. I have pointed out before that Migration Watch assumptions are often below the Government Actuarys Department high migration variant.

    An internal Home Office email they were obliged to release to MigrationWatch (29 July, 2003)

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