Despite giving cautious backing to the Conservative Party during the recent election, immigration think tank Migrationwatch has now been forced to admit that the Labour Party-invented and Tory-backed points-based immigration system has failed utterly.
Migrationwatch chairman Sir Andrew Green attacked the points-based system in public after a House of Commons library research paper revealed that the system had given more than 1.1 million jobs to immigrants who could have been refused work permits.
“So much for the ‘tough’ points-based system,” Sir Andrew was quoted as saying.
“This research shows beyond doubt that British workers have been displaced by foreign-born workers. This cannot be in our wider interests.
“British workers are having their wages held down or even losing their jobs as a result of competition from migrant workers who can afford to work for less,” Sir Andrew said.
The Conservative Party officially endorsed the points-based system, saying they only wanted to add a cap to the total number of immigrants.
Tory leader David Cameron said this would reduce the number of migrants from the “hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands” — pretending that this was the answer to the problem.
According to the latest figures, the number of non-EU origin workers in Britain increased even during the worst of the recession period when British unemployment rose by more than 400,000.
Between 1997 and 2009, the number of jobs held by foreign-born workers in Britain went up from 7.5 percent to 12.9 percent and now stands at around 3,720,000 of the total. Only 576,000 of this latter number came from within the EU.
This means that 3.2 million came from outside the EU and, to make matters worse, it transpires that 1,130,000 were granted work permits under the points-based system.
Perhaps now the time has come for Sir Andrew and Migrationwatch to admit that what is needed in Britain is not a “points-based system” or a “cap” but simply a halt to all further immigration.
This policy must be combined with an intensive education and training programme — which can be funded by, amongst other measures, cutting foreign aid, EU membership fees, ending Britain’s involvement in the Afghanistan war — which will train up and provide the skills to Britain’s unemployed to become economically active once again.
Perhaps the time has come for Migrationwatch to admit that the BNP is right.