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Immigrants taking away UK jobs: report

Indian and other non-European immigrants arriving in Britain took away at least 160,000 jobs that would otherwise have gone to “native” Britons between 2005 and 2010, a government agency said in a report published on Tuesday.

world Updated: Jan 11, 2012 01:08 IST
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Indian and other non-European immigrants arriving in Britain took away at least 160,000 jobs that would otherwise have gone to “native” Britons between 2005 and 2010, a government agency said in a report published on Tuesday.

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) said its analysis of non-EU migration to Britain between 1975 and 2010 showed that for every 100 people who came in, 23 fewer Britons were employed.

The report said the non-EU working-age population in Britain grew by 700,000 between 2005 and 2010, when the Labour party was in power. “An associated displacement rate of 0.23 suggests that UK-born employment was therefore 160,000 lower.”

Indians tend to dominate non-EU migration to Britain and the MAC report follows a heated debate this week over the effects of East European migration on the British job scene.