By STEVE DOUGHTY | TheDailyMail
Republish from: 01 October 2007
Labour’s favourite thinktank has named the migrant groups which are a drain on the taxpayer
Labour’s favourite thinktank yesterday named the migrant groups which are a drain on the taxpayer.
Immigrants from Somalia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Iran are most likely to be out of work and claiming state benefits, it said.
There tend to be high numbers of asylum seekers among those groups who have failed to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Britain’s open economy, a study found.
But immigrants from many countries do better than people born in the UK in terms of the proportion who work, their level of earnings and the school performance of their children.
The report was produced by the Institute for Public Policy Research, which has close links to Downing Street.
The institute has always in the past been supportive of Government immigration policy and its work has focused on the benefits rather than the downside of largescale migration.
The report’s results, which are based on an analysis of government figures, were produced for a Dispatches programme called Immigrants: The Inconvenient Truth. It is being broadcast on Channel 4 at 8pm this evening.
They figures show that Somalis in Britain are the worst- off migrant group. Fewer than one in five has a job and four out of five live in subsidised council or housing association homes.
The report also confirms the widespread perception that Polish-immigrants work hard for less money than most British-born workers would accept.
Australians are the only nationality in Britain more likely to have a job than the Poles.
In the hours they work Poles are second only to the notoriously workaholic Americans. However, Poles earn on average the lowest hourly wage, £7.30.
The institute report said: ‘There are some immigrant communities who rank consistently lower on most indicators than the UK average.
“In some cases, these relatively lowranking communities are predominantly made up of people who have come to the UK for non-economic reasons, for example to join family members who are already in the UK or to seek asylum.
“These communities may be made up of large numbers of people whose admission into the UK is not based on their potential economic contribution to the UK.”
The report added: ‘Some immigrant communities are clearly faring less well in the UK and are unable to contribute as much as others because of the poor socio-economic situations they find themselves in.
“Many in these groups are present in the UK because they are fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries and require our protection.”
The institute’s latest findings come in the wake of Whitehall’s revision of the expected levels of future immigration to almost two million in the next decade and the declaration by a Home Office minister of ‘the need for swift and sweeping changes to the immigration system’.
Gordon Brown has spoken of ‘British jobs for British workers’ and is bringing in a points-based immigration system, which will give priority to those with education, skills and high earnings.
The institute report said almost all migrant groups have children who spend longer in the education system than the children of British-born parents.
But some migrant groups have failed to turn educational success into economic success. Groups whose children have not done well in school include Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Turks and Somalis.
Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Sri Lankan and Iranian children all do better than average in school, the report said.
State statistics over the past 15 years have identified recent migrant groups who have done best in economic and education terms.
Generally speaking, Asians who came from East Africa in the 1970s and Chinese are counted the most successful, followed by Indians.
Some groups do better than others. For example, black Caribbean girls do well in school and earn more on average than white counterparts, while black Caribbean boys are more likely to fail.