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Duncan Smith’s free movement fig-leaf

EU immigration does push down wages for the low-skilled—but only very slightly

By John Springford  

Iain Duncan Smith, former Work and Pensions secretary ©Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Brexit would sink the pound

Brexiteers, after a difficult start to the campaign, are trying to push the EU debate onto immigration. On the Today programme on Monday, Iain Duncan Smith said: “An awful lot of people come here and compete hugely with lots of British people who are in job centres… and they drop down the salary levels; they damage the poorest people…

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