Immigration is not a benefit to the economy and should be cut, say peers - Times Online April 1, 2008
By Richard Ford, Home Correspondent
Immigration should be capped, according to a parliamentary report published today which concludes that record numbers of new immigrants have had â€?little or no impactâ€? on economic well being.
Some groups, including the low-paid, young people seeking jobs and some ethnic minorities, may have suffered because of competition for work from immigrants willing to accept low wages and poor working conditions.
Todayâ€™s report, from the Lords Economic Affairs Committee, whose members include two former Conservative Chancellors of the Exchequer, seeks to undermine the Governmentâ€™s claim that record levels of immigration have boosted the economy.
It also sets out to demolish a range of arguments in favour of immigration, including the one that foreigners are needed to prevent labour shortages and also to help to support an increasingly ageing population.[More]