27 MAY 2011
By Sarah O’Grady | Daily Express
BRITAIN’S open-door immigration policy has seen a wave of migrants send the number of foreign workers here soaring by 1.7 million in nine years.
Official figures released yesterday show it is our unskilled workforce that has borne the brunt of the massive influx.
One in five of their jobs last year went to foreign workers compared with one in 11 in 2002. That’s an extra 367,000 foreign employees caused by a 60-fold increase in migrants coming from just eight eastern European countries.
These were the latest to join the European Union, and all of them are outside the control of the Government’s new immigration cap. At the same time, the number of British low-skilled workers in jobs in areas such as retail, hospitality and catering has fallen by 444,000 from 3.04 million to 2.56 million.
Overall the number of UK-born workers with jobs across all sectors fell 223,000, according to the Office of National Statistics. Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch, said: “This sharp rise in immigration comes as a shock. These figures show just what an enormous task the coalition Government has inherited as a result of Labour’s mass immigration policy.
“Firm measures are now absolutely essential. The impact on British-born workers is a particular concern that has been brushed under the carpet for too long.”
The Government has pledged to cut net immigration to tens of thousands by 2015. But critics pointed out that most of the increase in non-UK workers in low-skill jobs came from those born in the so-called A8 eastern European countries – the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. The Government has no control because of the EU’s open borders policy.
The startling figures coincide with net migration in the year to September 2010 being the highest for five years at 242,000, up 96,000 on the previous year. This is close to the record level of 260,000 set in the year to June 2005.
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