Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Labour accused of misleading voters over EU migration

Labour faced fresh claims of misleading the public on immigration after figures showed that there were almost four times more EU workers in the UK than Britons working on the Continent.

Eurostat, the EU’s information service, recorded that, as of autumn 2008, there were 287,600 UK nationals working in other EU countries. At the same time, there were 1,020,000 EU citizens working in Britain, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The EU figure was presented to Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister, by Nigel Farage, of Ukip, during BBC’s Daily Politics debate.

Mr Farage said: “These figures destroy the argument that we have a mutually beneficial open door with the EU.” more...


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