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Letter: Migrants allow firms to neglect training

31 August 2006

Sir: Mary Dejevsk's concern for central and eastern Europe's "highly skilled people, squandering their skills in Britain" (Opinion, 25 August) is touching.

Presumably, she would like to resolve this "moral question" by leaving them happily poor and unemployed in their home regions, perhaps through the creation of some form of semi-permanent, second-class EU membership?

Depriving central and eastern Europeans of one of the few direct economic opportunities that an expanded European Union offers is not the solution to the our problems of low wages and low skills, or the new member states' difficulties restructuring and adjusting to the single European market.

Dr Sean Hadley [UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies], 'The Independent'