McNarry says higher percentage of foreign born workers here than in the rest of the UK helps to explain high levels of youth unemployment here
David McNarry MLA, UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland, has revealed that over 150,000 national insurance cards have been issued to foreign born workers in Northern Ireland since 2000. Mr McNarry said:
“This represents some 21.4% of the total workforce of 700,000. In the rest of the UK this figure stands at only 16.7%, so we here in Northern Ireland have a far higher proportion of foreign workers than elsewhere in the UK. People here would have you believe there is no immigration problem in Northern Ireland. Clearly, these figures from NISRA (the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency) show that is just not true.
“What many parents are saying to me is that they are concerned their children cannot get jobs. Levels of youth unemployment are higher in Northern Ireland than elsewhere in the UK. They stand at 22% while in the rest of the UK they stand at 14.5%. The number of national insurance numbers issued to foreign born workers throws some light on why our youth unemployment is 50% higher here than in the rest of the UK.”
Mr McNarry added:
“Are these facts a clear demonstration that foreign workers except for a small number of professionals are really cheap labour and our young people just cannot compete?”