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

Recent Briefing Papers

The Demand for Housing in London
15th October 2014

London’s population has always been constrained and influenced by the availability of housing. During the 19th century London grew rapidly due to a high birth rate and migration to the city from other parts of England. This led to severe pressure on the city’s housing with many of the innermost districts having over half their population living in overcrowded conditions (then defined as over 2 people per room) by the 1880s.

Amid widespread concern about housing conditions in the capital, private housing charities and the newly formed London County Council started to demolish the worst housing and replace it with lower density accommodation. The overspill population was housed in new developments in the expanding suburbs within the County of London or outside its borders in Kent, Essex and Middlesex.

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The impact of immigration controls on skilled migrants
28th July 2014

There is no evidence of a negative impact of immigration controls on the availability of skilled migrants. Less than half the Tier 2 quota has been taken up in the three years since it was introduced. Nor is there any evidence to link a fall in non-EU skilled migration with an increase from the EU – the so-called “balloon effect”. The UK recession and the difficulties in the Eurozone are much more likely explanations. Meanwhile, the proportion of all recent migrants who were highly educated increased from 50% in 2007 to 60% in 2013. This suggests that immigration policy is pointing in the right direction.

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Recent Press Releases

Peerage Conferred on Migration Watch UK Chairman Sir Andrew Green
21st October 2014

We were delighted at Migration Watch UK to learn of our Chairman Sir Andrew Green's elevation to the Lords. It is a non-party appointment and he intends to sit on the cross-benches.

After a long and distinguished public service career, Sir Andrew co-founded Migration Watch UK together with Prof David Coleman in 2001, since when he has been chairman. His appointment is a clear endorsement, at the highest level, of the work that Migration Watch has been doing. In the early years there was widespread reluctance to discuss the issue at all but Migration Watch has worked steadily to improve public understanding of the impact of the very high levels of net migration of the past 15 years. Under Sir Andrew's guiding hand Migration Watch has undeniably become a leading voice in a very necessary debate.

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Immigration is Driving Londoners Out of Their Capital
15th October 2014

Over the next 15 years more than half a million new homes will have to be built in London as the capital’s immigrant population is expected to soar by over a million.  Even this massive building project is based on the assumption that one million Londoners will leave for other parts of Britain during that period.  

That is the conclusion of research published today by Migrationwatch UK. 

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Recent Press Articles

Language must not obscure a legitimate debate on immigration
29th October 2014

By Sir Andrew Green
Chairman of Migration Watch UK
The Daily Telegraph, 29 October, 2014 

Immigration, it seems, is still a minefield. The Defence Secretary had only to use the word “swamped” at the weekend for the usual suspects to descend on him like a ton of bricks. No 10 suggested that he could have chosen his words better, politicians on both sides of the House condemned his use of language, and the newspapers were filled with opprobrium. Michael Fallon, as might be expected, duly withdrew his remarks.

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SIX KEY FACTS

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

WHAT THEY SAY
  • “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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