Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Mass Immigration To The United Kingdom Undercutting British Workers And Creating A New British Underclass

A new study suggests that an entire generation of low-skilled British workers risks being trapped in unemployment by record immigration. Full story published January 2nd, 2008 in the Daily Telegraph.

The report, published by Migrationwatch, claims to explode the myth that foreign workers are simply doing work which others do not want or filling newly-created jobs. It says a combination of generous benefits and immigrant labour willing to work for low wages will create "an underclass of discouraged British workers." See Migrationwatch's briefing paper HERE.

Despite rising unemployment, migrant workers continue to pour into Britain to fill job vacancies. Research by Migrationwatch indicates this is because there is little financial incentive for people with families living on benefits to find employment.

More than 1.3 million immigrants have come to work in Britain in the past 10 years even though there are 3.5 million Britons on Jobseeker's Allowance or Incapacity Benefit.

The report says more effort should be expended on getting our own population into work rather than encouraging immigration. But this becomes more difficult with generous benefits and means testing. Here are the itemized difficulties:

* A family with two children is just £30 a week better off working on the minimum wage than not working.

* A single person under 25 on the minimum wage of £193 per week is only £10 a day better off than a non-working person.

* A family with two children and one working member receives £79.50 a week of Working Tax Credit. However, after means testing he keeps only £6.77.

* Working families with children and one working member on the minimum wage are slightly worse off than the same family receiving the maximum Incapacity Benefit.

* A single person on the minimum wage would be £3 a week better off than a single person on the highest level of Incapacity Benefit.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said: "We keep hearing that we need immigrants to do the jobs that the British won't do. It has been suspected for some time that benefit levels are a real disincentive to take work that is on offer and our research spells out why this may be so. An important factor is that wages are now so close to benefits that there is very little financial incentive for unskilled British workers to find a job".

By contrast, Poles have very strong financial motivation. On the minimum wage in Britain they are earning four to five times what they would earn at home. By living in multi-occupancy, they can afford to send considerable sums of money back to their families. According to the National Bank of Poland, Polish migrants in the UK are sending home about £9 million a day.'

The Migrationwatch study reinforces the findings of research by Frank Field, the former Labour welfare reform minister, who showed immigrant workers were trapping British-born people in unemployment. The higher the level of immigration in an area, the harder it is for the unemployed to come off Jobseeker's Allowance.

A recent Statistics Commission report revealed more than 80 per cent of new jobs since 1997 had gone to people born outside the UK.

However, Peter Hain, the Work and Pensions Secretary, demurred. "Inward migration has boosted economic growth. The labour market has been performing strongly, and migration has contributed to this by meeting labour and skills shortages in the public and private sectors. There have been, and remain, British jobs for British workers. Consistently there have been more than 600,000 job vacancies on any given day in a strong and stable economy", said Hain.

A second article, published in the Daily Telegraph on January 1st, reveals that higher-skilled Britons face a similar threat to their jobs. Thousands of British lawyers and accountants could lose out in the job market to rivals from developing countries under plans to relax rules on how well-paid white-collar jobs in Britain are filled. Beginning in July 2008, employers will no longer have to advertise British jobs offering salaries of over £40,000 a year in the UK before they make the posts available to workers outside the European Union. [Ed. Note: In effect, this means employers could offer jobs to foreign non-whites before offering them to British whites. More anti-white discrimination by extent.]

The proposed removal of the Resident Labour Market Test for high-end vacancies has prompted fears that it could trigger an influx of white collar immigrants coming to work in the UK, undercutting British graduates. Companies could ditch their training schemes and scour the developing world to pick up highly-qualified IT technicians, lawyers or accountants on the cheap, pushing out qualified British workers.

Under the Resident Labour Market Test, companies currently have to advertise all of their jobs within the EU for a set period of weeks before offering them to people from outside the EU. But under the new scheme, to be introduced later this year as a result of a shake-up of the Government's immigration policy, the requirement will not apply to well-paid jobs. The wage threshold is likely to be £40,000 a year.

However, Conservative MPs said the change to the rules was at odds with Gordon Brown's pledge at the TUC conference in September that he wanted to promote British jobs for British workers. James Clappison, the Tory MP who uncovered the plans, said: "This plan allows employers to bypass British workers. The question the Government must answer is, how does this help British workers to get British jobs?"

And finally, there is yet one more reason for Britain to be concerned about mass immigration. According to yet another story in the Daily Telegraph, the UK is enroute to becoming the most crowded nation in Europe, with 390 people per square kilometre. Seventy percent of the UK's recent population growth has been because of immigration alone, and a large part of the remainder is attributable to greater fecundity on the part of immigrants.

Commentary: In the first story, note how the Telegraph only identifies white Poles by ethnicity as comeptitors for British jobs. They scrupulously avoid any mention of the fact that a larger number of competitors are NON-WHITE foreigners. This will encourage Brits and Poles to slag off each other, while the bloody wogs continue to pour into the country. European whites must do a better job of suspending their ethnic differences in the face of the non-white Muslim invasion.

The account in the second story is remarkably similar in concept to the H-1B and L-1 visa schemes employed in the United States. British readers of this blog in particular may find it most instructive to review a series of posts on the H-1B issue documented on the Alaska Pride blog to get a feel for what to expect.

But a complete solution to the problem requires more than immigration restrictions. British workers must have both positive and negative incentives in order to get themselves back to work. Perhaps jobless benefits are a bit too generous. One should never get more money sitting on one's duff than by working. But immigration reform is a necessary precursor to make the jobs more valuable and pay more.

The British National Party and the British People's Party are the only British political parties who are interested in comprehensive immigration reform.

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