Lord Willetts, executive chair of living standard think-tank Resolution Foundation, said workers in the UK would need more pay, training and opportunity of promotion.
Speaking on Daily Politics, the Tory peer said pressure would be put on the wage system but he was then shot down for saying employees would be “British born”.
He said: “I think this will put pressure on pay because if we go down this route and we have to find people born in Britain who want to do these kind of jobs, we are going to have to pay them more and we’re also going to have to train them more.
Lord Willetts said British workers would need to be paid more
We have to find people born in Britain who want to do these kind of jobs
“Otherwise how are the care homes going to find care assistants and you probably need to pay them a bit more and offer them a better prospect of promotion, up to becoming a nurse, or whatever.”
But Lord Willetts was then put down by the vice chairman of think-tank Migration Watch who criticised his terminology.
Alp Mehmet, who is also a former British ambassador to Iceland, interjected: “Sorry, not necessarily born in Britain.
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“Those who are already here and I would argue that those who are already here are not suddenly going to take flight.”
While overall net migration of EU migrants fell slightly to 165,000 in the year to September, net migration of non-EU migrants fell by more than 28,000 to 164,000 after a decline in foreign students, the Office for National Statistics reports.