Alan Travis
guardian.co.uk
January 10, 2012

Immigration to Britain from outside Europe is linked to unemployment in depressed economic times, according to an explosive report from the government’s own expert advisers.

The migration advisory committee research published on Tuesday suggests that for every extra 100 non-European migrants who come to Britain, 23 fewer British residents are employed.

The finding directly challenges the established academic consensus that there has been little or no direct link between immigration and employment levels in Britain. It flatly contradicts research from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research published on Monday, which found that even in the recent recession there was no direct impact.

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