Where are all the jobs going?

Eastern European migrants are more likely to have jobs than native Britons, a research study revealed yesterday.

The finding is in contrast with other countries with high levels of immigration from Eastern Europe, where the reverse is true.

Researchers found that in the UK, workers from the countries that joined the EU in 2004 and later were 7 per cent more likely to be in work than British-born people.

But in Germany, the Netherlands and Finland locally-born workers have a higher employment rate than migrant workers from the new EU countries, the study said.

The report, by two Finnish academics, was presented yesterday to a conference on migration at University College London organised by NORFACE, a European organisation of state-funded research councils.

It said that while Eastern European workers in Britain are more likely to have jobs than locals, their jobs are often among the most low paid.

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