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Immigrants more likely to be in work than native Britons: ONS

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Native Britons are less likely to have higher levels of education and employment than immigrants, new figures have revealed.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 21 percent of foreign nationals were employed in banking, finance and insurance, compared with 17 percent of British nationals.

Moreover, nearly 40 percent of foreign nationals gained qualifications at degree standard or higher, compared with 29 percent of native Britons.

“UK nationals were more concentrated in the public administration, education and health sector [29 percent], compared with foreign nationals [23 percent],” the ONS figures showed, which come from the 2011 census.

The study also revealed that 90 percent of immigrants, nearly 3.6 million, living in the UK described their knowledge of English as “well, very well, or as their main language” while only 1.7 percent of immigrants, about 70,000, said they could not speak English at all.

This comes as Britain’s Home Office’s backlog of half a million unresolved immigration and asylum cases will take almost four decades to clear.


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