05 January 2009

Nearly all new jobs created by UK migrants

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According to a study from Migrationwatch UK, although the number of people in work has risen by 1.34 million over the past seven years, the number of British-born workers in employment has fallen by 62,000 over that same period, reports the Telegraph.

The study shows the number of migrant workers from Eastern Europe in the UK has increased by half a million, and the figures are being used against the UK government to show Gordon Brown's policy of "British jobs for British workers" is failing to meet its obvious goals.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said the migration patterns since 2001 has caused irreversible harm to the employment opportunities of local workers.

"From an immigration point of view this means that migration from Eastern Europe is moving into balance as we have been predicting but, from the point of view of British born workers, the damage to their prospects has already been done - at a time when jobs of almost all kinds are at a premium," Green said.

Green also accused the government of twisting migration figures to their advantage and smoke screening the real situation with "tough talk" about UK immigration.

The study showed that between 2001 and 2008, employment in the UK grew by 1.342 million, of which UK nationals in work increased by 253,000 and foreign workers increased by 1,087,000.

However, these figures are deceptive of the actual number of UK-born workers in employment over this period, as they include those born outside the UK who have attained citizenship.  Migrationwatch claim that the number of UK-born workers in employment actually fell by 62,000 over the period.

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Article by Jessica Bird, UK Visa Bureau.

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