Nigel Farage, UKIP leader said: “If this is the same Stephen Nickell who once upon a time predicted that the 2008 recession would be “minute”, then we should be very wary of taking his word on anything. His solution seems to be to pave over swathes of the British countryside in order to accommodate more and more people. And for what? We found out earlier this year that the economic effects of mass migration have been negligible, while strain on the NHS, roads, police, and other national infrastructure has risen like never before in British history. Either way, UKIP doesn’t argue for a complete halt in immigration, but instead for bringing it down to tens of thousands a year, from a quarter of a million. In other words: all the jobs that we need immigrants for could still be done, without placing undue pressure on local services”.
‘Substitutability’ and Britain’s Underclass: The Hidden Scandal of the Migration Debate
Steven Woolfe, UKIP Migration spokesman said: “At last the OBR has recognised the effect that mass, uncontrolled, migration has on the wages of unskilled working people in our economy. Unfortunately, it has taken far to long for this message to get through to the Prime Minister and his Chancellor who are trying every political trick possible to ignore the reality that this is a direct consequence of our EU membership. Until we leave the EU our dependence on immigrant labour will continue.
“The suggestion that living space in the UK – whether in practice or by perception – is not an issue in the migration debate can only come from someone who has spent their life living in an Ivory tower. Migrants to the UK are not interested in setting up camp on the golf courses of Surrey but in seeking work in busy cities or towns where, in many cases, space is at a premium. The need for additional housing for the million plus migrants who will have entered Britain during this Parliament contributes directly to our urban sprawl.
“The key economic price of mass migration however, is its ‘substitution effect’. Like the Labour Party, Mr Nickell preaches how important immigrants are to the survival of the health service. Yet, when the elites and policymakers in this country adopt this view it excuses them from dealing with the consequences of a dispossessed, impoverished, UK ‘underclass’. Successive Labour and Tory governments have been warned about this but done nothing. In fact, the real untold scandal of the migration debate is that the substitutability of immigrant labour into the UK has let our politicians, and now it seems their advisors, off the hook!”
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