UK gains £20bn from EU migrants in 10 years

Migrants coming to the UK from the EU are highly valuable to the economy, paying out significantly more in tax to the government than they receive in the form of state welfare.

A study by leading migration economists at University College London has revealed that between 2000 and 2011, EU migrants made a net contribution, after any state benefits, of £20bn.

The research reveals that the UK has been especially successful in attracting the most skilled and best qualified EU citizens to work here.

The study, titled The Fiscal Impact of Immigration on the UK, highlights the growing number of migrants who hold university qualifications: more than 60% of migrants from southern and western Europe hold degrees, and more than 25% from eastern Europe also have degrees.

In the UK, 24% of the workforce are holders of degrees.

Britain attracts even more graduates than its closest EU competitor Germany.

Professor Christian Dustmann, a co-author of the study and director of UCL’s centre for research and analysis of migration, said: “A key concern of 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,” the Guardian reports.

EU migrants to Britain are not only better educated than the UK population, but also receive a lower proportion of state benefits. Between 2000 and 2011, they were 43% less likely to receive welfare.

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  • These figs are useless on their own. Most of these migrants, send their money home, to buy property etc in their own country. I have no doubt that the people turning up here are better than our humble Brits, who will want the useless yob against some clever European. but it is our Country, It is our young who have been pushed on to the dole and have their future taken. They have been sold out by a few back hand takers. We celebrate the great War and WW2, those who sacrificed so much for this Country, to have it sold out without asking. It is an insult to them, in my view. When the money gets sent home, is becomes a debt to us not a asset. and just take a look at our debt? about £ 3 trillion and rising? The Swiss have seen the light, and have regulated migration. Britzerland is on its way, The Brits have had enough sell out thankyou. We want free trade with Europe and not a take over. and sucked dry.

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  • This report is total rubbish. Political manipulation of information to get headlines to justify staying in the EU - in my opinion totally dishonest. They haven't taken into account the cost of visiting doctors, prescribed medicines given to children for free and greatly discounted for adults, benefits claimed by working immigrants, like council housing assistance, income support etc. AND like George Manser says above:
    There is another MAJOR MAJOR issue not accounted for by the analyses of immigtation. Immigrants come over and send all their spare cash back to their countries. This is a big impact on the UK finances because that revenue is not being ploughed back into the economy but instead pushing up our national debt which was £4.8 trillion on 11/11/2010 and it has and is going up by something like £140 billion a year every year! To highlight just how significant this issue of sending money back to their countries is, Poland in about 2006, just that one year experienced a doubling in house prices and a massive boom in their economy. It was 2 years after they opened the borders to the Polish in May 2004 - just enough time to have impact on their economy because the migrants were being sent to get established and others then follow and once established and purchased their essentials can contribute more to their families finances back home. And guess who paid for it? Every single British person, from not yet born to very old, paid for it and is still paying for it. An example of this was a guy I know, sent every penny he could back home so his family could buy a house. He used to put £20 notes wrapped in a t-shirt and post it. this practice was so prevalent that at the time the UK had a major shortage of £20 notes. Its THAT significant!

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