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Is youth unemployment linked to immigration?

09 January 2012 #Employment


That depends on who you believe.

According to Migrationwatch UK the answer is yes. They point to figures from the third quarter of 2011 which show that there were 600,000 more workers in the UK from the following Eastern European countries: Poland; the Czech Republic; Hungary; Slovakia; Slovenia; Estonia; Latvia; and Lithuania than in 2004; when they joined the EU. Figures also show that youth unemployment rose by almost 450,000 in that same period. Migrationwatch have said it would be "a very remarkable coincidence if there was no link at all" between the two figures, but accepted that "Correlation is not, of course, proof of causation”.

The Institute for Public Policy Research however disagree, calling the findings “flawed” and "just conjecture, disingenuously presented as research". According to the IPPR, youth unemployment in the UK was already increasing before the influx of workers from Eastern Europe.

Matt Cavanagh, associate director at IPPR has said "To try to make our youth unemployment problem look like it is only or mainly an immigration problem - as this report does, by selective use of dates, and a methodologically bogus juxtaposition of aggregate A8 migration with aggregate rise in unemployment - is a profound mistake, and an irresponsible one at that... There are a number of established statistical methods for testing the robustness of any apparent correlation - but this report doesn`t even bother to try."

To read more on this story from the BBC Website, click here.

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