Recession hits the migrants hard
25th November 2009: Amidst studies and reports asserting the migrants’ contribution to the British economy cannot be ignored, official statistics have started to pour in suggesting Labour has allowed nearly three million immigrants to settle legally in Britain since it came to power in 1997. But the number of immigrants has significantly gone down now.
The statistics also imply a 37 per cent drop in the number of migrants this year due to the recession.
The figures apparently show a total net influx of around 150,000 last year, a significant drop compared with 237,000 in 2007.
But experts at think-tank MigrationWatch UK said 75 per cent of the fall followed the return of migrant workers from Eastern Europe due to economic meltdown.
Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said the fall in immigration since last year was welcome, but three- quarters of it had nothing to with Government policy.
He asserted the policy has given the country three million immigrants since Labour came to power despite being elected on a manifesto which said every country needs strong immigration controls and Britain is no exception.