As promised I have found out more on immigration figures as an answer to Richard Bailey
Dear Mr Clarke,
Thank you for your mail.
As most illegal immigrants work in low paid jobs then legalising them would cost a lot of money because they would be entitled to social housing, health and pensions in old age yet would contribute less in tax during their working life. We estimate that the Lifetime costs of each working illegal immigrant once regularised are £220,000 for a single person, £560,000 for a sole earner family with two children and £170,000 for a two earner two child family. For an unemployed immigrant the estimated Lifetime Costs are £660,000 for a single person and £1,030,000 for a two child family.
Our website contains a number of briefing papers on illegal migrants and an amnesty http://www.migrationwatchuk.org/briefingPapers
People who employ illegal migrants take advantage of their status by often paying below the minimum wage and not respecting other aspects of employment law such as health and safety and holiday entitlement, which means they have a cheaper source of labour than if they employed a British citizen. Unemployment in London is around 10% so there are plenty of people who could be working in jobs. Rather than keeping them on benefits wouldn't it be better if employers had to offer a decent wage for jobs such as cleaners.
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