BRITISH GRADUATES COULD BE “ELBOWED” OUT OF THE JOB MARKET, DAILY MAIL CLAIMS. BUT IS THAT FACT OR FICTION?
An “influx” of young, educated Eastern European immigrants could be about to make British graduates’ job hunts even tougher, if the UK’s right-wing press is to be believed.
As restrictions were lifted on 1 January on Bulgarian and Romanian workers coming to the UK, hysteria grew about the possible consequences of their arrival. Much of this centred on low-skilled workers and so-called “benefits tourists”, but the Mail on Sunday also claimed some of the young, well-educated arrivals (who speak perfect English) “could elbow British graduates out of the job market“.
Could competition for paid, permanent, graduate level jobs in the UK be about to get even tougher? Will it become even harder for British graduates looking for “stop-gap” jobs to find even low-paying shop work and bar shifts? Could these immigrants’ arrival impact salaries for everyone? Or is this pure scaremongering?
It’s difficult to know what to think. Facts are hard to come by, as figures and estimates on immigration are notoriously hard to judge and interpret. They are also easy to manipulate and distort. So we want to know what you make of it all.
Interestingly, fresh figures have shown that the group with the most positive views on immigration are graduates – a new survey shows that 60% of graduates think immigration is good for the economy.
What do you think? Are the Daily Mail’s concerns pure prejudice – or are they justified? Are you worried about the impact of immigration on your own hunt for a good graduate job? Or do you welcome young people who want to come and work in Britain? Have your say below…