More than a million workers in Britain are non-EU citizensMarch 7th, 2009 - 6:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 7 (ANI): The survey of National Statistics department of Britain has revealed that more than a million workers from outside the European Union have acquired jobs in Britain since labour came to power.
They have grabbed nearly half of all available vacancies after being granted permits to work here.
According to the Daily Star, the study between December 1997 and 2007 shows that jobs held by foreigners soared by 1,759,000, with 1,084,000 filled by non-EU citizens.
The ratio of posts held by migrants from outside Europe to the Europeans came out to be 5:2. This means that out of 2.2 million new jobs, 49% were taken by people born outside the EU, with just 19% going to Brits.
The figures further reveal that out of the 3.7 million immigrants aged 16 to 65, 2.5 million are from outside Europe.
The shocking data was presented to the Member of Parliament’’s as the Daily Star continues to champion British Jobs for resident Workers.
The revelation is likely to push British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to stop sidelining qualified Brits for cheap labour from overseas.
Criticising the government’’s inaction on the issue, Migration watch Chairman Sir Andrew Green, said: “The Government could have controlled the number of non-EU workers but they have done the opposite.”
The Government would now need a points-based system to control the influx of overseas workers. A Home Office spokesman said: “We have always said we would run our immigration system for the benefit of the UK. We are determined to use the system’’s flexibility to ensure we are doing the right thing by British workers and for the stability of the economy.”
Workers from EU countries except Romania and Bulgaria have full work rights in Britain, without the need to acquire permits. (ANI)
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