Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Migrant success

This morning, the UK newspapers report that a study has shown that migrant workers (and there are evidently about 1.5 million of them - mainly from Eastern Europe) have a very significant and very positive impact on the UK economy.

They do not seem to have unduly affected employment levels of UK citizens, largely filling new, part-time, seasonal and 'dirty' jobs.

Of course there are fears that some of them are exploited, even being paid less than the statutory minimum wage.

I don't know that their productivity levels are, or those of the industries using them but its good to have a positive message about what has been a feared class of the UK population. Only time will tell if their presence is beneficial in the longer-term but for now let's welcome the impetus they have given to economic growth.

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