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Immigration report challenges Lords' findings

24/04/2008

A new report has challenged the recent House of Lords investigation into the economic benefits of immigration.

The Work Foundation said its research showed the economy has been boosted by high levels of immigration, which also kept interest rates and inflation.

Report author, David Coats, said: "On the available evidence, the best judgement is that the economic case for free movement in the EU is strong."

He recommended the government lift restrictions on workers from Romania and Bulgaria and "embrace the case for free movement across the European Union".

The Lords' review, however, concluded there should be a cap on migrant numbers and said there had be no real effect on the country's living standards.

Mr Coats went on: "The UK's ageing population, with fewer young people entering the jobs market, means that a fair and flexible policy of managed migration is essential if the economy is to continue to grow."

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