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Bill Drysdale made reference to “our frequently inadequate workforce” in his letter (4 
January) about Bulgarians 
coming to work in the United Kingdom. Which categories of the workforce did he have in mind exactly?

Some commentators on immigration issues like to take a swipe at our UK-born workforce.

However, I would challenge their assertion that migrant workers are invariably more hard working and entrepreneurial than indigenous workers.

Does their contention apply universally across the board? Are migrant doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, scientists, soldiers, police officers and newspaper columnists always more diligent than their British counterparts?

Or do their broad statements merely refer to the unskilled? Is there a whiff of “classism” here?

The fact of the matter is that in any country, one can always find some workers, in all professions, from outside who are willing to work harder and, dare I say it, sometimes accept less remuneration than their indigenous equivalent.

This holds true even in those countries whose citizens come to work in the UK.

Migrant workers should not be used as a stick with which to beat British workers or indeed any other group of indigenous workers, irrespective of the country.

Stephen McBride