Immigrants Receive Less Benefits and Pay More Taxes
According to a new study, immigrants actually pay more tax and receive fewer benefits than people from Britain, contributing a substantial amount to the British economy.
The study carried out by University College London’s Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration found that newcomers to our country have contributed £25 billion in tax, which is more than they received in state benefits. It was also found that immigrants were 3% less likely to live in council houses than people born in Britain.
Professor Christian Dustmann and Dr Tommaso Frattini, the authors of the study, found that immigrants coming to the UK after 1999 were 45% less likely to receive tax credits or benefits than people from the UK.
The fact that immigrants tend to be part of the group that contributes more to the economy, men of working age, could partly explain these results, but the report said that even when these numbers are compared with British people of the same age, the ratio of women to men, and education, “recent immigrants are still 21% less likely than natives to receive benefits”.
The European Economic Area (EEA) consists of the EU, as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and it was found that immigrants from these countries had made a notable contribution of 34% more in taxes than they received in benefits.
And although immigrants from countries outside the EEA contributed a lot less, only 2% more in taxes than receiving in benefits, the report showed that British people actually paid 11% less tax than they were given in the same period.
The study also indicated that more than 10% more immigrants than British adults have university degrees, which Professor Dustmann feels shows how “the UK attracts highly educated and skilled immigrants”, both from inside the EEA and elsewhere.
“Given this evidence, claims about ‘benefit tourism’ by EEA immigrants are seen to be disconnected from reality,” said Professor Dustmann, and rather than immigrants being a drain on the economy, they actually help the country a great deal.
In a separate study by UCL’s Professor John Salt and Dr Janet Dobson, the government’s plan to cut down net migration in the UK by 2015 to tens of thousands was found not to be that great an idea. Net migration is the difference of people leaving and entering a country permanently divided per 1,000 inhabitants of that country. A positive number means that more people are entering the country than leaving it, and vice versa for a negative value.
Professor Salt and Dr Dobson said that they seriously doubt that putting a cap on net migration won’t help anyone, and another solution needs to be sought: “We believe that recent experience provides a number of lessons for future migration policy, both in the UK and internationally.”
Home Secretary Theresa May also announced recently that plans to have vans plastered with “go home” driving around wouldn’t be going ahead, and other plans to force some people to pay a £3,000 security bond when they came into the country was also dropped.
Maybe it’s time to remember that ‘UK’ stands for “United Kingdom”, and that all of its occupants equally contribute and take away, no matter where they are originally from.