MIGRANT workers, who have become part of the bedrock of Huntingdonshire's expanding economy, will receive welcome packs to help them integrate into the community. There are an estimated 4,000 migrant workers in the district on the basis of addresses given by people applying for National Insurance numbers. There are fewer on the basis of people registering with the Government to work legally. The reason for the discrepancy is largely that some NI applicants move away from the district after making their applications, Huntingdonshire District Council believes. HDC is concerned that migrants face particular problems, underpinned by language and housing, that prevent their inclusion in the wider community. Next week, councillors will consider setting up a multi-agency task group - to include councils, police, health authorities and charities - to improve access to public services, reduce exploitation of migrant workers and help them integrate. They will also consider providing a welcome pack setting out rights and obligations. The 500 NI registrations from the district in the previous two years climbed 40 per cent in 2004/05 and had doubled by the following year. In 2006/07, some 1,350 applications were made by non-UK nationals - well over half of them by Poles. HDC figures show that, of the 4,120 people who applied from Huntingdonshire between 2002 and March 2007, 1,340 were from Poland. The next largest national group was 240 from the Philippines, but most were here before EU enlargement. There were also 230 applications from Lithuanians, 180 from South Africans, 170 from the USA, 150 from India and 110 from Latvia. HDC officials stress the contribution economic migrants make to the district's economy. The influx of skilled migrants has persuaded more than one company to stay in the area when they faced having to move to find workers. The employment rate in Huntingdonshire is so high that virtually anyone who really wants to work can find a job locally.