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Immigrants make ‘substantial’ input to UK economy

IMMIGRANT CONTRIBUTION: A study says migrants are adding net value to the UK public finances (PA)

IMMIGRANTS WHO have arrived in Britain since 2000 have contributed in a “substantial” way to the national ecomony, according to recent research.

The report by University College London (UCL) finds that people moving to the UK in an 11-year period have made a “remarkably strong” contribution to public finances, and are not an overall “drain” on the benefit system.

It said immigrants coming after 1999 were 45 per cent less likely to receive state benefits or tax credits between 2000-2011 than people native to Britain, while people arriving from overseas were three per cent less likely to be accommodated in social housing.

Authors of the study – professor Christian Dustmann and Dr Tommaso Frattini – said: “These differences are partly explainable by immigrants' more favourable age-gender composition.

“However, even when compared to natives with the same age, gender composition, and education, recent immigrants are still 21% less likely than natives to receive benefits”.

The research also highlighted that immigrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) paid two per cent more in taxes than they received, while the figure for those inside the EEA was an incredible 34 per cent tax surplus.

Academics used data from the British Labour Force Survey to compile their report.

Dustmann, of UCL’s Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration, added: “In contrast with most other European countries, the UK attracts highly-educated and skilled immigrants from within the EEA as well as from outside.

“Our study also suggests that over the last decade or so, the UK has benefited fiscally from immigrants from EEA countries, who have put in considerably more in taxes and contributions than they received in benefits and transfers.

“Given this evidence, claims about 'benefit tourism' by EEA immigrants seem to be disconnected from reality.”

The study’s findings come after a series of embarrassing U-turns for the government’s immigration policy.

This week the Liberal Democrats forced the Home Office to scrap a £3,000 visa bond policy aimed at people from “high-risk” countries from overstaying in the UK, while last month Home Secretary Theresa May admitted the “go home” immigration vans campaign had been a “bad idea”.

The EU has repeated calls on the British government to prove its claims of “benefit tourism” was hurting the economy following a failure to provide hard facts over the impact of immigrants coming to Britain to gain benefits.

A government spokesman said: “We welcome those that want to come here to contribute to the economy, but it's absolutely right that we have strict rules in place to protect the integrity of the British benefits system to ensure it's not abused.”

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