Shock EU migrant figures REVEALED: 2.2 MILLION now work in Britain

A HUGE rise in EU migrants working in Britain has renewed calls for an accelerated Brexit.

EU flag ripped / UK migration border agency

GETTY    The rollcall of foreigners with jobs in the UK has reached a record 3.45million

New figures reveal that the number employed throughout the UK soared by 238,000 over the past year to more than 2.2 million.Labour market data showed that the rollcall of foreigners with jobs in the UK has reached a record 3.45million, more than a tenth of the workforce.

And the numbers of people from eight former communist countries including Poland and the Czech Republic with jobs in the UK has passed the one million mark for the first time, the official figures confirmed.

Critics of mass immigration last night warned that the foreign jobs boom had passed a new “milestone” and demanded swift action to curb the influx.

Tory MP David Nuttall said: “These figures demonstrate the urgent need for us to leave the EU in accordance with the instruction from the British people and regain control of our borders at the earliest possible opportunity.”

Fellow Tory MP Philip Davies said the overall jobs figures confirmed that Britain had “the most buoyant economy in Europe” while adding: “It also shows why it was so important we voted to leave the EU as we cannot cope with this scale of immigration in perpetuity.”Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of the pressure group Migration Watch, said: “These figures represent a milestone in EU migration to Britain.”

He pointed out that Britain now had more than one million workers from the Eastern European countries who joined the EU in 2004, plus nearly a million from Western EU nations and a quarter of a million more from Romania and Bulgaria.

“The pressures that this massive migration has placed on local communities go a long way to explaining the outcome of the referendum,” Lord Green said.

“The new statistics underline why it is essential not just to regain control of our borders but also to reduce net migration significantly.

Passport control at Gatwick Airport

GETTY    Over nearly two decades, the proportion of foreign citizens in the labour force has soared to 10.9%

“It is also important to realise that some 80% of EU migrants are in lower skilled employment.”Migration into lower-skilled work is not of particular benefit to the UK economy.

“Indeed the Migration Advisory Committee did not find any positive impact on UK-born employment rates, fiscal contribution, GDP per head or productivity.”And former Labour welfare minister Frank Field, joint chairman of the Commons Cross-Party Group on Balanced Migration, said: “Today’s figures on the surge of eastern European migration show how crucial it is that one aspect of Brexit’s success must be the control of our borders.

“This can best be done by introducing a points system and accompanying this with active measures to build up the skill levels of our existing labour force.

“It is possible now to acquire basic skills – such as brick-laying and carpentry – from bespoke 12-week training schemes.”All new public investment schemes should require using such bespoke training schemes so that, over time, the skill levels in the British economy are raised.

“This strategy would allow us to restrict access to our labour market through an ever robust points system in a way that doesn’t harm British industry through skill shortages.”

The Office for National Statistics data for the three month period from April to June this year showed that the total number of foreigners working in the UK has risen from 966,000 in 1997 to 3.45million.

Over nearly two decades, the proportion of foreign citizens in the labour force has soared from 3.7% to 10.9%.

David Cameron

GETTY     The number of EU citizens employed in Britain nearly doubled while David Cameron was prime minister

The figures showed that the number of EU citizens employed in Britain nearly doubled during the period when David Cameron was prime minister.They rocketed from 1,195,000 in 2010 to 2,235,000 this year, a rise of 87%.

Employment for Bulgarians and Romanians in the UK has more than doubled, according to the figures.

Around 130,000 citizens from the two former communist nations were working in Britain in January 2014 when visa restrictions for travel to the EU from both countries were lifted.

By last month, the figure was 266,000 and up from 228,000 recorded in the same period in 2015.

Protesters after the referendum results

GETTY    Immigration was seen as a key issue ahead of June’s referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU

The number of workers in Britain from outside the EU changed little over the last year at 1.21 million, according to the official data.Statisticians insisted the estimates related to the number of people in employment and should not be used to suggest the size of flows of foreign migrants into the UK.

Immigration was seen as a key issue ahead of June’s referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

Earlier this year a row broke out over differences between measures of long-term international migration and the number of National Insurance numbers given to EU nationals.

An official report concluded that migrants coming to Britain for short period were the main driver behind a gap in statistics that fuelled claims arrivals from the bloc had been underestimated.

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, said last night: “The labour market statistics suggest that the UK labour market remained relatively strong in the months leading up to the referendum.

“There have been steady increases in the numbers of foreign-born people who are in work, driven by a combination of net migration and a higher share of non-EU migrants who are already living in the UK finding work.”What does this tell us about the potential impacts of Brexit on migration? For the moment, not much.

“It is too early to know how attractive a destination post-Brexit UK will be, or to identify any evidence of a ‘rush’ of people coming to the UK while free movement rules still apply.”

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