FOREIGN men are more likely to have a job in the UK than British workers, a shock report revealed yesterday.
In a stark illustration of how immigration has changed Britain, male migrants have had higher levels of employment than “native-born men” in the last five years, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.The UK has – along with Germany – also taken in the largest number of migrants fleeing countries most affected by the economic crash, with numbers rising by 45 per cent from 2009 to 2011.
The findings come as Britain braces itself for an influx of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants when EU working restrictions are lifted at the end of the year.Separate studies show more than 1.5million people from the two countries want to work here when restrictions are lifted on December 31.Sir Andrew Green, chairman of pressure group Migration Watch UK, warned that British-born workers are already suffering.
He said: “It is time for a thorough assessment of the impact of immigration on the employment of British workers that this report only touches on. It is clear that British-born workers have hardly benefited at all from the expansion of employment in the last 10 years or so.”
The Daily Express reported yesterday that an estimated 225,000 of the 423,000 people who found work in Britain last year were born overseas, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The OECD report said employment rates for native-born men fell from 78.14 per cent in 2001 to 74.73 per cent last year.Those for foreign-born men, meanwhile, rose from 72.3 per cent to 76.9 per cent.A Home Office spokeswoman said half of UK residents who were counted in the OECD report as foreign-born are now British citizens.
She said: “The official figures show the recent rise in employment has benefited British citizens first but that we continue attracting skilled migrants to the UK where they are needed by British businesses.”