One in 10 of Britain’s most skilled workers are being lured from the UK and replaced by low-skilled migrants, causing a significant brain-drain, a report by University College London has found.
They are attracted abroad by higher wages and better quality of life, while in their place the UK has attracted two million migrants with low numeracy skills.
The UCL study also found that newly-arrived migrants are six times more likely to have never worked than those born in the UK.
Dr John Jerrim of UCL’s Institute of Education said: “Immigrants account for one in four of the 9.6 million working age adults living in the United Kingdom with low level numeracy skills.
“Immigration has therefore had its biggest impact upon the bottom end of the numeracy skill distribution; it has led to a significant increase in the supply of low skilled workers.”