Report shows immigration has boosted capital's population

Immigration since the late 1980s has been directly responsible for the reversal In London's 50-year population decline, according to researchers from the London School of Economics (LSE).

Speaking at a seminar about the impact of immigration on London's economy, Christine Whitehead and Ian Gordon from the LSE's London Centre said there is no evidence to indicate that migration has contributed to worklessness in London or has depressed average wages.

Gordon pointed out that the majority of new jobs in the capital have been taken by immigrants, who have compensated for a shortage of highly skilled labour and filled jobs rejected by domestic workers. Whitehead said migrants tend to form fewer households than their local counterparts and live mostly in the private rented sector. The extra demand does not appear to be driving up rents because of increasing supply from buy-to-let schemes. New migrant households are rarely eligible for social housing, she observed, but a disproportionate number of migrants who arrived from poor countries more than three years ago are living in the social sector. The Greater London Authority estimates that up to 70 per cent of identified need for social housing could come from migrants in the next decade.

For further details of all the presentations at the seminar, visit www.lse.ac.uk/collections/londondevelopmentworkshops/lselondondevelopmen tworkshops2.htm.


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