Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Asylum seekers bring jobs boost to Scotland

BBC News:

Asylum seekers have generated a jobs windfall for Glasgow, according to a report by economists.

Some 5,000 people are housed in the city, supported by almost £40m in Home Office benefits each year.

Much of this money is spent locally on basic goods and services and experts at the Fraser of Allander Institute have looked at the impact.

They estimate that it has created nearly 500 jobs and £10m worth of wages, mostly for Glasgow.

The report was carried out for the local government body Cosla.

It also suggests that asylum seekers are well placed to help plug Scotland's population shortfall because they tend to be educated and under 34.

Cosla said it hoped that the findings would encourage other councils to welcome asylum seeker populations.

Of course, relocating the British colonists in the north of Ireland to Scotland would probably also benefit the Scottish economy.


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