Immigrants finding it tough in the
Tags: IPPR, OECD, Ernst & Young Item Club, Phil Woolas
The official figures reveal as many as 200,000 foreigners are bidding adieu to the United Kingdom (UK) annually due to cut in job opportunities.
It is apparent that the immigrants are finding it tough even in the
The statistics come at a time when it is clear that
Reports suggest the impact of shortage of qualified staff will reflect itself not only on gross domestic product growth, but also threaten to obstruct efforts to rebalance the economy, with more manufacturing and less financial and other services.
In fact, the Ernst & Young Item Club, with companies from a range of industry sectors as members, only recently asserted the economy’s dependence on imported labour was underlined by Financial Times’ research showing foreign-born workers were proving more successful at holding on to jobs in the recession than their British-born counterparts.
By now it also is apparent the migrants are needed to help resolve the long-term problems of skills shortages and an ageing society.
Keeping this in mind, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has already urged the government not to use the economic downturn as a ground for closing the door to foreign workers.
The UK Government has also been advised to maintain a flexible system that allows migrant workers to come into the country in order to meet the needs of British industry.
As of now, more and more immigrants to the
The report also finds: The size of the exodus is increasing, with more than 190,000 leaving in 2007 – a number that is likely to be exceeded in 2008. It also says short stay migration is a growing phenomenon; the number of immigrants spending less than four years in the
As many as 85 per cent of the migrants currently in the United Kingdom, who took part in an on-line survey, said they were only planning to stay short term.
The research in 5 countries showed migrants tend to come to the
The report’s policy recommendations to the Government include: Taking more active steps to encourage some migrants to stay longer in the
The report also recommends piloting and promoting Migration Information Centres and ‘Circular Migration’ schemes so that short stay migration is better managed; ensuing the migrant integration strategies take into account the increasing amount of short stay migration; and improving links with former immigrants to the UK and treating them as a ‘secondary diaspora’ which could be regarded as an economic and diplomatic asset.
Phil Woolas, Borders and Immigration Minister, said: ‘This report further demonstrates that migrants come to the
‘This week I announced proposals which will break the link between temporary settlement and permanent residence. Only those that who earn the right to stay should be allowed a British passport.’