4 million workers in UK born abroad

Migrants contributing to UK’s economy in big way

18th November 2010: Migrants are contributing to the UK’s economy in a big way. It can be gauged from the fact that nearly four million people working in the UK between July and September this year are born abroad.


According to the Office for National Statistics, their number was 204,000 up on 2009. The rise was of 5.5 per cent. On the other hand, the number of British-born workers in employment grew by just 0.4 per cent.

The statistics otherwise reveal that employment figures for July to September remained at just over 70 per cent.
A total of 70.8% of those aged between 16 and 64 had jobs during the quarter; an increase of 0.3% on April-June.

Welcoming the figures, Minister of State for Employment Chris Grayling said the private sector was leading the way and creating jobs and opportunities for people across the country.       


On the other hand, Alp Mehmet of campaign group MigrationWatch said it only proves what they have been saying all along. The majority of jobs created in this country were going to overseas workers. It was right the Government should be cutting back on economic migrants and creating incentives for our own people to go into employment.

He added 16 per cent of their IT graduates were unemployed. As such, they should not be taking in thousands of IT workers from India.

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