Britain most sought after in Europe by migrants

Migrants settling in Europe increase by over 50 per cent since 2003
13th July 2011: As per a recent study more immigrants inhabit permanently in Britain than in any other country in Europe.
The latest figures depict that 397,900 foreigners decided to live here in 2009 – second in the world only to the United States.

France had only 178,700 new settlers – down 7 per cent – and Germany 197,500, down 13 per cent. In Ireland, the total fell by 42 per cent to 38,900. The number of people, settling in Britain, increased by more than 50 per cent since 2003.

The figure marked an increase of 14 per cent from the previous year. It was the largest increase in the developed world, at a time when most countries saw spectacular falls in the number of permanent settlers. Immigration to Britain is increasing, with 397,000 foreigners settling here in 2009

The study, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, said the rise was largely down to family members coming to stay with those already in Britain, and the large number of foreign students living here.

The study comes just over a week after Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said a generation of Britons would be fated to a life on benefits unless immigration rules were tightened.

 He said back-to-work schemes would fail without strict controls on incomers, and called on firms to employ British-born people rather than depending on migrant labour.

Business leaders replied to his plea by saying British workers had a poor work ethic compared with those from abroad.

The OECD report, Trends in International Migration, appears to back up the business leaders’ view. It found Britain was one of the few countries where migrant workers are less likely to end up unemployed than locals.

The OECD reveals Britain as one of the only countries where the level of permanent migration increased in the years after the credit crunch.
The number of permanent migrants in the country is surpassed only by the US, where 1.1million people settled permanently – up two per cent on the previous year.

The report by the OECD, which symbolise developed nations, said that most countries saw fall in permanent migration in 2009, almost half showing falls of 10 per cent or more.

The report findings assert Britain actually saw a fall of more than a quarter in the number of people coming for work. But the total of permanent settlers went up because those who had moved here on temporary visas opted to stay, ‘especially but not exclusively international students’.

Last night Duncan Smith said that the report confirmed that even during the recession, jobs in the UK were going to migrant workers while other countries saw a decline in migrants.


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