Study finds UK immigration helps the economy
21 April 2005
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A study done by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics finds that immigration is beneficial to the UK economy. The study criticizes the main UK parties for pledging to curb the free movement of labour into Britain.
Far from posing an economic threat to British residents' jobs and wages, the study concluded that immigration had "many economic benefits" including helping fund the pension system.
"Empirical research on the effects of immigration to the UK on employment and wages finds little evidence of adverse effects of immigration on outcomes for people born in the UK," the study said.
Immigration rates have been rising, the study found, and that should be viewed positively: "Increases in net immigration to the UK are a sign of the strength of the economy, rather than the weakness of immigration policy."