The contribution of the foreign workers to the UK economy may be a matter of debate, but not dispute. If 593,000 people came to live in the UK, while 343,000 moved out, there is hardly a reason to fuss. The new comers will only contribute to the UK’s economy.
The Office of Budget Responsibility only recently said only high levels of immigration will ensure economic growth in the UK.
The office, in fact, made it clear, the government needs to do some real rethinking regarding its policies of stemming the constant flow of immigrants.
There is enough evidence to suggest foreign workers continue to be the preferred ones; and the native workers have only themselves to blame.
Statistics reveal an average 580 jobs a day are landing in the laps of foreign workers, while Britain’s unemployment crisis has worsened with 2.67 million currently without work.
And the reason behind the phenomenon is not really hard to analyze. The British Chambers of Commerce, in its report, only recently made it clear that nearly 60 per cent of businesses with more than 50 employees recruit ‘some migrant workers’ as they ‘are unable to find the skilled workers they need in the UK’.
Also, BBC director-general John Longworth was quoted by Daily Mail as saying: ‘Many firms lack confidence in the ability of the education system to deliver the right people for the job.
'For some, hiring workers from overseas allows them to access the skills they need.’
Further quoting the BBC, the Daily Mail added these were not necessarily technical skills, but some of the most basic abilities, from turning up punctually for an interview to write basic English or to do elementary mathematics.
It is also being argued that restrictions on immigration could be a drag on the UK economy, when the demand for workers picks up.
A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research suggests the continuing financial crisis, in addition to the Government’s efforts to bring down the migrant numbers, will trigger a fall in non-EU immigration of about 10 per cent.
Though the numbers of EU migrants are also expected to register a dip due to the dwindling economy, the report warns that constraints on immigration could be a drag on the UK economy when the demand for workers picks up.
So open the gates. Let them in. Job opportunities and incomes will regulate their numbers, even without oppressive curbs.