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Migrants are not to blame for unemployment in Britain

Issue No. 2285

A government panel has joined the chorus of right wing voices seeking to blame migrants for rising unemployment.

The Migration Advisory Committee claimed on Tuesday of this week that migration levels were “associated with some displacement of British workers”.

This followed similar claims from Migration Watch, a right wing anti-immigration campaign group. But experts on the subject have debunked the group’s scaremongering.

A recent report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research found that the number of immigrants coming to Britain had little or no impact on unemployment levels.

Matt Cavanagh from the Institute for Public Policy Research also dismissed the Migration Watch report.

“The effects of immigration on the labour market are too complex to be reduced to the endlessly repeated headlines about ‘foreigners taking all the new jobs’,” he wrote for the New Statesman magazine.

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Tue 10 Jan 2012, 19:50 GMT
Issue No. 2285
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