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Economic Migration

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on unemployment of the level of economic migration to the UK in each quarter since 2003; and if he will make a statement. (97650)

The Department for Work and Pensions analysed the effect of migrants from the new European Union member states from Central and Eastern Europe from May 2004 to November 2005. They found no discernible statistical evidence that these migrants had any impact on local unemployment rates. A copy of the report can be found at the following web address: