Mass mi­gra­tion ‘dam­ag­ing UK’

Leaked re­port reveals civil ser­vants’ alarm

Daily Mail - - News - By James Slack Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

MASS mi­gra­tion from Europe is hav­ing a ‘dis­pro­por­tion­ate’ im­pact on the UK and dam­ag­ing so­ci­ety, a govern­ment anal­y­sis says. The leaked White­hall doc­u­ment reveals that EU citizens are over­whelm­ingly the big­gest win­ners in the Bri­tish jobs mar­ket, re­spon­si­ble for 75 per cent of the growth in­em­ploy­ment.

Grad­u­ates from East­ern Europe are tak­ing low- skilled jobs, topped up by ‘gen­er­ous in-work ben­e­fits, with­out hav­ing con­trib­uted, from Day One’.

This is dam­ag­ing the ‘so­cial pol­icy ob­jec­tives’ of get­ting lower-skilled Bri­tish citizens into work, ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment for Work and Pen­sions anal­y­sis.

It says ‘un­prece­dented’ lev­els of mi­gra­tion from the EU are the main force be­hind the equiv­a­lent of a ‘new Coven­try’ be­ing added to Bri­tain’s pop­u­la­tion ev­ery year.

Separately, writ­ing in to­day’s Mail, ex- work and pen­sions sec­re­tary Iain Dun­can Smith warns of a fresh ‘stam­pede’ of EU work­ers if Bri­tain does not vote to leave in the June 23 ref­er­en­dum.

The leaked pa­per, ‘EU & In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs in DWP’, is marked ‘sen­si­tive’. It dates from March 24.

The re­port reads: ‘Net mi­gra­tion con­tin­ues to rise at record lev­els and is now 336,000.

‘The big­gest con­trib­u­tor is the in­crease in the long-term mi­gra­tion of EU citizens. This is equiv­a­lent to adding a new Coven­try to the UK ev­ery year.

‘Newly ar­riv­ing EEA [Euro­pean Eco­nomic Area] na­tion­als have a dis­pro­por­tion­ate im­pact on the UK.

‘Num­bers in em­ploy­ment in the UK grew by nearly 450,000 in the last year. EEA na­tion­als se­cured about three quar­ters of that growth in em­ploy­ment, com­pared to 25 per cent for UK na­tion­als.’ It adds that well-ed­u­cated EU citizens from East­ern Europe ‘are over-rep­re­sented in low-skilled sec­tors in the UK – in-work ben­e­fits can act as a sub­sidy for them to take and stay in th­ese jobs, dam­ag­ing UK so­cial pol­icy ob­jec­tives’.

It says 60 per cent of East­ern Euro­pean grad­u­ates in the country work in low­er­skilled oc­cu­pa­tions, com­pared with 20 per cent of those from Bri­tain.

Last night a DWP source said: ‘Th­ese are all facts that are al­ready in the pub­lic do­main. This is ex­actly why the PM has se­cured a deal to make sure EU mi­grants don’t get full ac­cess to ben­e­fits for four years.’

Se­nior sources close to the de­part­ment have said the mech­a­nism to limit EU claimants’ ac­cess to ben­e­fits is ‘un­work­able’, but DWP in­sid­ers in­sist there is no ques­tion of it not be­ing im­ple­mented.

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