London, Apr.1 : A new report prepared by a parliamentary committee has said that Britain is deriving no economic benefit from its migrant population, and demanded that their inflow into the country be limited.
Peers warned that the British population could soar from 60 to 92 million over the next 70 years, spiralling "tensions" unless urgent action was taken to tackle the crisis.
The Sun quoted Lord Wakeham, who led the inquiry, as saying that far from boosting the economy by six billion pounds as the Government has claimed, immigration has prevented young Britons from getting jobs; reduced training for young people because there were so many cheap, migrant workers; Caused wages in low-paid jobs to fall; piled pressure on schools, hospitals and houses; and would send house prices soaring by 10 per cent.
The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee said the only "winners" were the immigrants themselves - and bosses who got cheap labour.
Government claims that immigration on a scale "unprecedented in our history" had boosted the national wealth - or GDP - were "irrelevant and misleading," the inquiry said.
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said last night that the hard-hitting report proved "unequivocally that the benefits of the current immigration policy to ordinary UK citizens are largely nonexistent".
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of campaign group Migrationwatch, commented: "This report is a watershed."