EU immigration: benefiting Britain or a drain on our resources?

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EU immigration: benefiting Britain or a drain on our resources?
5th November 2014

Natalie Bennett of the Green Party, together with Paul Oakley, who heads up UKIP in Greenwich and Lewisham and Robert Oxley from business for Britain, debate the matter. They are later joined by Atul Hatwal, Director of Migration Matters Trust.

The report, to be published in the economic journal, found that migrants from within the EEA - the European Union with the addition of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein - overall contributed more the UK economy than they took out. Overall, this means they contributed £4.4 billion. 

The report also found that since 2000, European migrants were 43 per cent less likely to claim benefits or tax credits than native Britons. They were also 7 per cent less likely to live in social housing. 

Co-author of the report, Professor Christian Dustmann, said: “A key concern in the public debate on migration is whether immigrants contribute their fair share to the tax and welfare systems.

“Our new analysis draws a positive picture of the overall fiscal contribution made by recent immigrant cohorts, particularly of immigrants arriving from the EU.”

Though this seems like positive news, the report has recieved stern criticism from some quarters. 

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch, was not convinced, saying "Their contribution to the Exchequer amounts to less than £1 a week per head of population."


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