Migrants rob young Britons of jobs
The job prospects of a generation of young Britons have been blighted by a decade of mass immigration, a study says.
It found that areas with the highest rates of immigration also have higher levels of youth unemployment.
The findings, out yesterday, expose how Labour under Gordon Brown failed to deliver his much-vaunted promise of British jobs for British workers.
For every extra 1,000 migrants in areas outside London there were 900 more young people on the dole, researchers found.
Last night think-tank Migrationwatch UK said its findings clearly pointed to a link between migration and youth joblessness that could no longer be ignored or brushed aside.
Chairman Sir Andrew Green said: “People have tiptoed around this issue for far too long. Many factors contribute to youth unemployment but this research suggests that immigration is a significant factor in areas of high immigration.”
The survey came as Government figures showed almost one million young people in England are neither working nor in education.
The Department for Education revealed that one in six 18 to 24-year-olds are classed as “Neets” – not in education, employment or training.
They showed that 776,000 youngsters, 16.3 per cent of the age group, were classed as Neets in the second quarter of this year – up 130,000 in five years.
Migrationwatch UK chairman Sir Andrew said:
“The immigration lobby is in denial, but the case for getting immigration down to sensible levels, as the Government has promised, gets stronger by the day.”
The survey studied unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds in the 50 English local authority areas which had experienced the highest levels of “net international migration” – the difference between foreigners arriving and leaving – between 2003 and 2009.
Excluding London boroughs the analysis suggested an even stronger link between high immigration and youth unemployment than the national average.
In areas outside the capital, the number of young unemployed was 900 higher for every 1,000 migrants.
In London, there were 200 more youngsters out of work for every 1,000 migrants.
Sir Andrew pointed to a 2008 House of Lords report on the economic impacts of immigration, which said the evidence was “insufficient to draw clear conclusions about the impact of immigration on UK unemployment”.
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