The Government has published the much-anticipated report on migration it had commissioned. You can read it here.
Yesterday The Times led its front page with the story, giving the apparently encouraging news that there would be no need for low-skilled workers after Brexit. It suggested, however, that this was ‘likely to be criticised by some business figures because it rejects the automatic need for a new route for low-skilled workers from the EU or around the world to come in after Brexit’.
In other words that its recommendations were too restrictive.
However Lord Green of the independent think tank MigrationWatch has arrived at a rather different conclusion: ‘This is a very technical report which seems blind to the impact of high levels of EU immigration on many communities in this country as a result of rapid population growth. With immigration adding one million to our population every three years this simply cannot go on. These proposals would permit continued high levels of immigration, including those with medium skills from all over the world. The overall outcome would be to weaken immigration control rather than strengthen it.’
Lord Green added: "The report seems blind to the impact of high levels of immigration on many communities in this country as a result of rapid popuation growth. These proposals would permit continued high levels… including those with medium skills from all over the world'
— Migration Watch UK (@MigrationWatch) September 18, 2018
Will someone in the Government listen to him, please?