Commenting on the release of Home Office figures that show 800,000 Eastern Europeans have applied to work in Britain since 2004  David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:
"The comparative success of the UK economy in recent years has been largely due to the influx of willing workers from Eastern Europe. 
"Employers up and down the country tell me that they take on migrant workers because their work ethic is so much better than domestic workers.
"The vast majority of these jobs could have been filled by UK residents but until the Government gets to grips with this country's severe skills shortage and increasing welfare dependancy culture, businesses will continue to employ migrant workers in large numbers."