23 October 2008

Number of foreign workers in UK rises despite job losses

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According to the Department for Work and Pensions, the number of foreign workers continued to rise this year despite the worsening economic crisis and rise in unemployment.

During the months of April and June, the number of foreign workers rose by 10,000 despite a fall in the total UK workforce of 15,000 over the same period, reports the Telegraph.

The months prior, the Home Office introduced the new points-based system for immigration to make it tougher for migrants from outside the EU to obtain a UK work permit.  More than half of the 10,000 were foreign workers from outside the EU. 

A Home Office spokesperson defended the government's position, saying the approval of UK visas does not put British people out of work and the government is committed to its policy of "no job – no visa".

"Government and independent research continues to find no significant evidence of negative employment effects from migration," the spokesperson said.

"The points system, plus our plans for newcomers to earn their citizenship, will reduce overall numbers of economic migrants and the numbers awarded permanent settlement.  It also ensures British jobseekers get the first crack of the whip and only those foreign workers we need - and no more - will be able to come to the UK."


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Article by Jessica Bird, UK Visa Bureau.


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