Migrant workers ‘boost UK growth’

Linked with our presentation of Sir Bill Morris – England.

See on BBC, April 23, 2006Migrant workers from Eastern Europe are providing a positive boost to Britain’s economy, according to a report.New immigration has helped to keep inflation under control, boost output and raise tax revenue, research by Ernst & Young has suggested.

Workers from Poland and Slovenia are among those “plugging gaps in a variety of industries”, the report said …

Crest of wave

Some 300,000 immigrants have taken jobs in areas ranging from agriculture to hospitality in the last three years, the report said.

“We are on the crest of a new immigration wave,” said Professor Peter Spencer, the report’s author. “The steady flow from most recent accession countries to the UK has proved remarkably positive for the economy.

“As a direct result, the UK workforce has become younger, more flexible and economical, easing the pensions burden and keeping interest rates lower than many commentators would have predicted.” (Read the rest of this article on above link).

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