A new report adds to the evidence about the economic benefits of immigration, but will it change anything?by Josh Lowe / November 5, 2014 / Leave a comment
Immigrants! They come over here, claiming our benefits, living in our social housing and taking advantage of the good-hearted British taxpayer, right?
Apparently not, according to a new report published in The Economics Journal today. UCL Academics Professor Christian Dustmann and Dr Tommaso Frattini have calculated that immigrants from the EU are less likely to claim benefits and on average contribute more to the UK economy than native Brits. As Dustmann put it at a press conference yesterday: “these guys pay more in than they take out.”
So what are the findings, and will they change anything? We run through the key points below.
What did Dustmann and Frattini find?
This report is a rebuttal of the myth that EU immigrants come here to claim benefits and avoid work. EU immigrants, the report says, were between 2000 and 2011 16.5-24 per cent less likely than native Brits to claim some sort of benefits. EU immigrants are a net economic benefit to the UK, the study finds, and that goes not only for immigrants from the wealthier Western nations of the EU, but also for the so-called “A10 countries”—those which joined in 2004 like Poland (which historically h…