A new report revealed that as many as four million citizens of the United Kingdom cannot obtain a job or the amount of work they would like because they are forced to compete with a “virtually unlimited pool” of migrant workers from the European Union.

The report, published by Migration Watch, indicated that there are 1.5 million people out of work and an additional million holding part-time jobs who would prefer more hours or full-time positions.

“The large inflow of migrant labor… may have contributed to continuing high levels of underemployment which could be around four million people,” the authors of the study wrote.

According to the report, official figures that reflect a high employment rate do not take into account those who are involuntarily stuck in part-time work. Analysts found that approximately one-fifth of part-time male workers and a quarter of part-time female workers said they wanted to work more, Breitbart reported.

The authors wrote that “record numbers of people working and record rates of employment, which now appear in UK labor market statistics, do not give a full picture as to whether people are able to get work or, if they wish, get more work”.

The report also took issue with businesses who are “getting away” with claims that they could not recruit local workers, declaring that their assertions are unfounded. The authors argue that mass migration suppresses wages, which benefits businesses but is detrimental to British workers.

“Employers often claim that they cannot find UK-born workers, but there are certainly cases where changes to working times and methods could expand the pool of local workers available to them,” the authors wrote. “Evidence suggests that during the downturn employers continued to increase their use of migrant labour while a considerable number of those in the UK-born population lost their jobs and were unable to find new work.”

Chairman of the think tank, Lord Green of Deddington, said, “For far too long employers have got away with claiming that they cannot find British workers. The truth is that they are simply not adjusting their working practices to meet the genuine needs of British workers because they have an unlimited number of EU workers on tap. Tackling this issue could well be another Brexit bonus.”

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