Trevor Phillips, chairperson of the Commission for Racial Equality,
said Britain would face disastrous economic consequences if
immigration was scaled back.
Phillips told a fringe meeting on immigration and asylum organised
by the Institute for Public Policy Research think-tank that, in
future, Britain’s ageing population would force public services and
the economy to rely increasingly on immigrant workers to keep them
“If we reduce migration we get a tighter labour market which
[results in business] going somewhere where labour costs are
cheaper. Either we integrate labour or we begin to export jobs,” he
Phillips also criticised sections of the media for the way asylum
stories were presented. He said too many newspapers ran asylum
stories to “make money”.