It's extremely obvious, but sadly, it's also complete fucking bollocks:
From a policy making point of view, the paper reaffirms the general consensus among economic analysts that A8 migration has had no adverse impact on the labour market outcomes of natives. Given the heated public debate about A8 accession – with a number of commentators making assertions that migration has resulted in a significant increase in UK unemployment, or falls in wages, but generally without referring to hard evidence – it is important to establish whether there is in fact any empirical evidence substantiating such assertions. Our conclusion is that as yet there is no empirical evidence of significant adverse effects on native labour market outcomes.In other words, as I've been arguing for years: the problem is not with immigrant crossing continents to live in cramped conditions, affording to live and somehow still being able to send money home, while ostensibly working for less than the mighty British worker and forcing Brits onto the dole - it's that those people who could work but aren't working either don't want to or don't show sufficient appetite to work when they can be arsed to show up at the door.
The analysis does, however, have policy implications for the UK labour market. It suggests that the generally poor labour market outcomes of low-skilled natives in the UK do not reflect either a lack of available jobs, structural factors in the labour market, or a lack of formal qualifications – since A8 migrants find it relatively easy to find employment – but rather issues around basic employability skills, incentives and motivation.
And I'm disappointed in the normally irreverent Dan Hodges smoking the filthy pipe of anti-immigration, too. Ed Miliband is being a populist, vacuous, bandwagon-jumping cocktard, not brave and astute. The problem is not the majority of people who migrate to the UK to work and create wealth, it's with migrants who come here to sponge. And that's only because we have a welfare culture.