MP raises im­mi­grant is­sues with min­is­ter

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By MATTHEW REVILLE

AN UR­GENT plea to the Govern­ment to tackle Peter­bor­ough’s grow­ing num­ber of mi­grant work­ers has been made by the city’s MP.

The ap­peal has come from Ste­wart Jack­son, who claims too much pres­sure is be­ing put on coun­cil, po­lice and health ser­vices by the in­flux of new­com­ers.

His request for help came dur­ing a meet­ing with im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter Damian Green at the Home Of­fice, in London.

Home Of­fice fig­ures show that in 2002/03, just 1,840 na­tional in­surance num­bers were is­sued to work­ers in Peter­bor­ough from over­seas.

That fig­ure had gone up to 4,570 in the last fi­nan­cial year.

Mr Jack­son said: “We need more help in Peter­bor­ough to re­move peo­ple who mi­grate here and are not work­ing nor try­ing to find work.

“In re­cent years there has been an un­ac­cept­able and un­prece­dented amount of im­mi­grants com­ing to the city.

“I wanted to let the min­is­ter know the strain this is putting on the city, and to lobby for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the UK Border Agency’s pol­icy of re­mov­ing im­mi­grants who do not con­trib­ute any­thing to their new so­ci­ety.”

Mid­lands di­rec­tor for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) Gail Adams was also at the meet­ing.

In April, Peter­bor­ough was cho­sen by the UKBA to host its Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­moval scheme – a three-month trial to de­port un­em­ployed mi­grants.

EU na­tion­als are free to move be­tween nation states’ bor­ders, but can now be re­moved if they can­not prove they are sup­port­ing them­selves three months af­ter com­ing to Bri­tain.

Since the scheme be­gan 77 peo­ple have been forced to leave Peter­bor­ough by Border Agency of­fi­cials.

Mr Jack­son asked that the UKBA and govern­ment con­tinue the scheme past its pro­posed trial pe­riod, which ends next week.

Im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter Damian Green MP said: “My meet­ing with Mr Jack­son was very pos­i­tive.

“I was keen to find out more about how mi­gra­tion is af­fect­ing Peter­bor­ough and will seek to hear more from the coun­cil or MPs that feel that com­mu­ni­ties are fac­ing ex­tra pres­sures.”

Mr Jack­son specif­i­cally fo­cused on the ef­fect im­mi­gra­tion has had on re­sources in Peter­bor­ough.

He added: “We have gone from hav­ing a pop­u­la­tion of 156,000 in 2001 to 173,000 now. What other cities have had such an in­crease?

“There is still a large num­ber com­ing in and they are cost­ing a lot to the tax­pay­ers.”

“Mr Green un­der­stood that we need help to re­move peo­ple who are not con­tribut­ing to the city be­cause they are caus­ing a strain to al­ready stretched re­sources.”

PLEA: One of the mi­grant camps that has sprung up in the city and , inset, MP Ste­wart Jack­son.

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