The number of Polish people being born in the UK has increased from 75,000 to 521,000 in eight years. The seven-fold increase comes as it is revealed that one in five workers in low-skill jobs was born outside the UK. Poles make up the majority of people to have migrated to the UK since Poland and seven other Eastern European countries joined the EU in 2004.
During the same period, the number of British-born workers in those sectors has fallen from 3.04million to 2.56million.
The increase in workers from outside the UK was driven by those coming from the eight eastern European countries that were the latest to join the EU.
A total of 239,000 people from these countries now work in low-skill jobs in the UK - almost 60 times the 4,000 who were in such jobs in 2002.
Workers from these countries - the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovak Republic, and Slovenia - who moved to the UK were also more likely to take low-skill jobs rather than those that required higher qualifications.
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Immigration minister Damian Green said: 'We accept that employers need to attract the brightest talent from across the world to fill jobs gaps but this should never be at the expense of UK workers.
More than 1 million illegal immigrants are living in Britain — double the government’s most recent estimate, according to a study.
The report warns that a proposed amnesty for illegal immigrants could add a total of 2.2 million to the population because each of the 1.1 million illegals would be entitled to bring at least one spouse, child or other family member into Britain.
The report is a direct challenge to Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, who has proposed an amnesty for long-term illegal residents who have been here for 10 years.
The study for Migration Watch, a think tank that lobbies for stricter immigration controls, updates earlier studies from the Home Office and the mayor of London.
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