17th October 2007, Daily Mail
Immigrants are placing a huge strain on public services, Labour finally admitted.
Crime is up, schools are struggling to cope with Eastern European children, community tensions are rising, health services are coming under enormous pressure and house prices are being driven up, the Government said.
The findings, based on a survey of public sector workers, are the first published by ministers after ten years of an 'open door' immigration policy.
Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said it was clear communities were 'unsettled' - and a 'new balance' should be struck between the needs of the economy and society in general ...
HIV and TB were singled out as diseases specifically linked to immigration.
Workers in the North West, South West and Scotland all warned of increased 'community tensions' in areas unused to large- scale immigration.
Critics have accused the Government of giving no thought to the strain being placed on schools and hospitals, as ministers focussed solely on boosting the economy with cheap workers from overseas ...
The report, to be presented to the Government's new Migration Impacts Forum today, fails to put figure on the full cost to society of mass immigration - which is increasing the population by 200,000 every year.
A Home Office study found that migrants helped to grow the economy by £6billion last year. But experts said this did not mean they had boosted GDP per head, a crucial measure.
And our own economics expert own Ross Gittins has said:
"But get this: by then, real GDP per person would be only $335 a year (or 0.6 per cent) higher than otherwise.
In the report's words, such a result is "neutral to mildly positive". Translation: chicken feed.
... it's clear increased immigration is a long way from the main game."