160,000 Britons lost jobs to migrants in five years

Over 160,000 Britons have lost out on jobs to migrants in the past five years, an official report has revealed.

One British worker misses out for every four non-European migrant workers, The Sun reported citing the report by the Migration Advisory Committee.
Migration has pushed down wages in low-paid jobs, the study revealed.

At least 160,000 British workers have been "displaced" by 700,000 non-European migrants who came between 2005 and 2010.

However, migration from inside the European Union -- including thousands of people from Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia -- had "little or no impact" on taking jobs from Britons.

The report also looked at the impact of immigration on schools, hospitals, crime, housing and transport.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said: "It makes clear that uncontrolled immigration can put pressure on the local labour market."

The report said providing education to migrants was costlier than that to Britons. This was because a high proportion of migrants were in their 20s and 30s and many had school-age children.

However, the cost of providing health services to immigrants was less than the amount spent on Britons. A reason was that many migrants were young and therefore more likely to be healthy.

The research showed immigration had a "zero impact" on crime, but the influx put more pressure on public transport and led to more congestion.

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