Miliband admits migration put pressure on homes
The Labour government’s policies on immigration created problems for housing and communities, the party’s leader has admitted.
In a speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research today Ed Miliband said a government under his leadership would take a different approach.
He said the Labour government had become ‘dazzled by globalisation’ and lost sight of the impact immigration was having, including ‘pressures on scarce resources such as housing and schools’.
Mr Miliband said the rapid pace of immigration, particularly from new European Union members, also caused problems for communities and people who struggled to find work because of cheap labour coming in from overseas.
In a speech that largely focused on the economic impact of immigration, Mr Miliband said a future Labour government would seek to limit immigration but also ensure the employment market does not favour foreign workers.
He said immigration has benefits for Britain, but must be handled in the right way.
‘For too long, we’ve had a phoney debate about immigration which has often ignored the big issues of how our economy works,’ he said.