24 April 2008
UK immigration boosts British economy
UK immigration has boosted the country's economy over the last ten years, according to a new report. The Work Foundation has released the report which says that inflation and interest rates have been kept lower, due to the high levels of immigration. It also said that immigration had not contributed to lowering wages or unemployment, in particular citing construction work and hotel work as areas which had not been adversely affected. The employment think-tank added that immigration had led to the country staying on a "stable growth path".
"The government has had a hard time over immigration not because it has lost control of the issue but because it has failed to tell a compelling story based on consistent high-quality information," said the report. It also said that there were fewer new UK immigration arrivals from Central and Eastern Europe last year than in 2005 and 2006. A report from KPMG recently found that most companies see attracting and retaining skilled workers is the best way to get a competitive advantage over other companies.
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