Official figures show that nearly 91,000 people from the new eastern members of the European Union, including Poland, registered to work in Britain from May to September, making a collective £120m contribution to the British economy and paying a further £20m in taxes and national insurance.
The Home Office says that 45% of those who have registered were already in Britain before the May 1 accession date and had used the workers' registration scheme to legalise their status. A further significant minority - including 60% in agricultural jobs such as fruit picking - have already left the country having come only for summer jobs.
David Blunkett said the figures showed that claims earlier in the year that he was "opening the floodgates" by introducing one of the few schemes in Europe to allow new EU members to work in Britain had proved to be completely wrong.
Looks like Eastern European immigrants are providing a positive contribution to the economy and filling some of the 600,000 job vacancies in Britain.