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

Recent Briefing Papers

Fast Track Rules Judicial Review
3rd August 2015

Rules regulating the hearing of appeals by the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) were made under section 22 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 in October 2014. They include the Fast Track Rules (FTR) which regulate the procedure for the conduct of certain appeals against refusal of asylum applications by the Home Secretary. By FTR rule 2(1) the FTR apply to any appeal where the appellant:

  1. was detained under the Immigration Acts at Colnbrook House, Harmondswsorth or Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre at the time of notice of the decision against which the appellant is appealing, this decision being either the original refusal of the Home Secretary or the adverse decision of the First Tier Tribunal against which the appellant is appealing to the Upper Tier Tribunal: and
  2. has been continuously thus detained since the notice was served.

2. The FTR provide strict time limits for the hearing and disposal of appeals. Notice of appeal must be given not later than 2 working days after the day on which notice of the decision is given. The respondent, the Home Office, must provide various documents to the Tribunal within 2 working days after receiving the notice of appeal. The tribunal must fix a date for the hearing of the appeal which is not later than 3 working days after the day on which the respondent provides these documents, or failing that, as soon as practicable and must conclude the hearing on that date. The Tribunal may adjourn or postpone a hearing or take a case out of the FTR regime only if it is satisfied that the appeal could not be justly decided if the hearing were to be concluded on the date fixed for it. The Principal Rules provide for time limits in some cases, but these are much more generous than the FTR provide.

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Lessons from Calais
13th August 2015


1. It is the responsibility of the French government to maintain order in the Calais district but the reason for the intense pressure on the Channel terminals is that very large numbers of migrants, already in the safety of France, are determined to get into Britain. They believe that they will be able to work here illegally and send money home. They also believe, correctly, that their chances of being sent home are extremely low. They can work until discovered, then claim asylum and even if their claim fails they are not likely to be removed. In short, the UK immigration system has lost its credibility among those who matter most – potential illegal immigrants.

2. Accordingly, radical action is now needed by the British government to change perceptions in Calais and further back down the chain. All trucks should be searched on arrival in Dover and those migrants discovered should be detained in temporary facilities where any asylum claims can be dealt with in a “one stop shop” or arrangements made for removal. This might require considerable extra manpower beyond the resources of the Border Force so contingency plans should be set in hand for military aid to the civil authorities. In the medium term we need a step change in the minimal resources now made available by the Treasury together with a significant expansion of the immigration detention estate. In the longer term ID cards are now essential.

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Recent Press Releases

Migration Watch UK Press Comment on ONS Net Migration Statistics August 2015
27th August 2015

Responding to today’s net migration figures, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

Net migration at one third of a million a year is clearly unsustainable. Nearly half of the inflow is now from the EU, including 50,000 from Romania and Bulgaria as we have long predicted. This underlines the need for serious concessions in the forthcoming negotiations.

These figures also show that non-EU students are staying on in large numbers; that must be addressed.

There could hardly be a worse time for the Treasury to cut the funds available for immigration control.

Migration Watch UK Press Comment on ONS Labour Market Statistics August 2015
12th August 2015

Commenting on the figures, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK said:

The number of EU workers has now topped 2 million for the first time and over one million of these are from Eastern Europe. Clearly the government is going to have to get a grip of EU migration if it wants to bring overall numbers down.

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Recent Press Articles

We're too soft-Bring in the army and ID Cards
13th August 2015

By Lord Green of Deddington
Chairman of Migration Watch UK
The Times, 13th August, 2015 

Naive politicians created this migrant crisis; we must take radical action to stem the flow.

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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 under Labour was 3.6 million, two thirds coming from outside the 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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