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Posted By: Keith A of Hertford
01-Jul-11 - 08:08 AM
Thread Name: BS: UK immigration too high?
Subject: RE: BS: UK immigration too high?
Also in today's news.

While stressing that immigration plays a vital role in British society, he (Duncan-Smith)will argue that many immigrants end up doing jobs that could easily be done by British citizens.

Official figures unearthed by the Labour MP Frank Field show that 87% of the 400,000 jobs created over the first year of the coalition government went to workers from abroad.

Extracts released in advance show Duncan Smith will insist that the government is "reforming welfare to make work pay, and to help people back to work ... and we are toughening sanctions against those who refuse to take jobs when they are available."

He will add: "But we also need an immigration system that gives the unemployed a level playing field.

"If we do not get this right, then we risk leaving more British citizens out of work, and the most vulnerable group, who will be the most affected, are young people."

Gordon Brown was criticised after his 2007 pledge to provide "British jobs for British workers" was followed by figures which showed that around 80% of jobs created during Labour's time in power went to migrants.

Duncan Smith will say that controlling immigration is "critical" to avoid "losing another generation to dependency and hopelessness", but will appeal for help in ensuring that British citizens are awarded jobs