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Posted By: Jim Carroll
25-Jun-15 - 10:31 AM
Thread Name: BS: Deporting poorly paid nurses
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In case you missed it, here it is again
Jim Carroll

BRITAIN HAS 'MASSES OF ROOM' FOR MORE PEOPLE, OBR says
Stephen Nickell, one of the leaders at the Office for Budget Responsibility, says that people who say Britain can't take more migrants because it is a 'small island' are wrong
By Steven Swinford, Senior Political Correspondent
12:34PM GMT 10 Dec 2014
The NHS would be in "dire" straits without immigrants and Britain has "masses of room" for more people, Britain's official economic forecaster has warned.
Stephen Nickell, one of the leaders of the Office for Budget Responsibility, said that the urban area of Surrey occupies less space than its golf courses as he rejected claims there was not enough room for migrants.
He said that immigration does not have a particularly bad or good impact on the economy, but that people's objections relate to pressure on public services.
He said: "One argument said we're a small island, not much room. On the other hand, of course, there's masses of room. The urbanised part of Britain occupies less than 10% of the surface area. The urbanised part of Surrey occupies less of Surrey than golf courses.
"Since more immigrants mean more housing, more roads, more airports, more incinerators, more of this being required, and since the evidence would suggest that people by and large don't like these things, especially if they are near them, that's the key issue about immigration that people may wish to face up to.
However, he conceded that immigration has suppressed the pay of low-skilled workers. He said: "The pay of unskilled workers, particularly in the service sector, has been held back to some extent not to a massive extent, but to some extent by unskilled immigration."
Sir John Major, the former Conservative Prime Minister, said at a speech in Berlin earlier this year that "our small island simply cannot absorb the present and projected numbers at current speed