Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Home Office suppressed multiple reports on immigration

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has weighed into the row about a leaked Home Office report on immigration post-Brexit by saying that the Home Office under Theresa May suppressed up to nine reports which showed that immigration did not hit wages or jobs of existing UK workers.

Vince Cable said: 

“When I was Business Secretary there were up to nine studies that we looked at that took in all the academic evidence.

“It showed that immigration had very little impact on wages or employment. But this was suppressed by the Home Office under Theresa May, because the results were inconvenient.

“I remember it vividly. Overwhelmingly it has been the case that overseas workers have been complimentary rather than competitive to British workers.

"The exodus of trades people, NHS staff and tech industry workers shows the potential damage of an extreme Brexit." 

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