The Express robs young Britons of common sense

Posted on 19/08/2010


A Daily Express frontpage ‘article’ warns us that the job prospects of young Britons have been “blighted by a decade of mass immigration.” And guess what, it’s almost copied and pasted from a MigrationWatch briefing.

Migrants rob young Britons of jobs

Daily Star,19 August 2010

THE job prospects of a generation of young Britons have been blighted by a decade of mass immigration, a study claims.

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”. But it added: “It is possible, although not yet proven, that immigration adversely affects the employment opportunities of young people who are competing with young immigrants from the lower-income Eastern European countries in the European Union.

“More research is needed to examine the impact of recent immigration on unemployment among different groups of resident workers in the UK.”

in 2007, the Item economic forecasting group found it was possible that “native” youngsters might have been losing out in the battle for jobs.

Last week Migrationwatch published findings on unemployment across all age groups. It found that the 50 areas with the highest rate of net international migration had on average 1.7 per cent higher unemployment and 4.7 per cent lower employment rates than the 50 with the lowest.

Last night immigration minister Damian Green said in response to Migrationwatch’s findings: “Attracting the brightest and the best people from around the world will help us deliver strong economic growth but unlimited migration can place unacceptable pressure on public services.

“It is our aim to reduce net migration to the levels of the 1990s. Alongside our limits will be action to get people back to work and provide business with the skills they need from the British workforce, reducing the need for migrants at the same time as we reduce their number.”

A report this week by the IPPR think-tank and the Private Equity Foundation found the risk of a teenager with A-levels becoming a Neet had risen 40 per cent since 2008. Overall the Neet figure was down slightly on a year ago.

A Department for Education spokesman said: “Despite the fall in the number of young people who are Neet, the overall numbers are still too high.

“We are committed to the expansion of the apprenticeships programme and, by summer 2011, the Work Programme will offer the support job seekers require.”


Express editorial: Now proff that immigrants have taken jobs of Britons

19 August 2010

THE match-up between areas of high immigration and areas of high youth unemployment will hardly come as a surprise to anyone with a modicum of common sense.

In parts of the country where the most cheap labour has flooded in from abroad the prospects of Britons entering the jobs market are bound to have been harmed.

But this statement of the obvious has long been denied by a metropolitan political class hell bent on denying any
downsides to mass immigration at all.

Now a study by the independent think-tank MigrationWatch has shown that the link between high immigration and high domestic unemployment is real and strong. The scale of the betrayal of our young people is staggering – nearly a million are not in employment, education or training.

That is a tragic and unforgivable waste of their potential.Politically correct types may wish that it were not so but choices have to be made about whether to help young Britons anxious to start careers orforeigners seeking opportunities in a new country.

The last government put foreigners first. This one must make the opposite choice.