Non-EU Migrants Take More from State Than They Put in; Buried in Official Report, the PS120billion Cost to Britain over 17 Years

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Non-EU Migrants Take More from State Than They Put in; Buried in Official Report, the PS120billion Cost to Britain over 17 Years


Byline: James Slack Home Affairs Editor

NON-European migrants living in Britain have cost the public finances almost PS120billion since 1995, according to a study.

The report by University College London found that the immigrants had cost the country more in public services and State handouts than they had paid in taxes in every single year between 1995 and 2011.

The research by Dr Tommaso Frattini and Professor Christian Dustmann - which comes at a time of huge public concern over migration policy - sought to put an overwhelmingly positive gloss on the economic impact of mass immigration.

Headline-billing was given to a claim that migrants who arrived from the European Economic Area - predominantly the EU - since 2000 made a net contribution of PS20billion.

Three-quarters of the contribution - PS15billion - was made by people born in the 15 members of the European Union prior to the 'big bang' admittance of Eastern Bloc countries in 2004. It includes huge sums paid in by the likes of French bankers and German engineers.

A further PS5billion came from the East Europeans. Recent non-European immigrants' net contribution was also said to be positive, at about PS5billion.

But buried inside the 51-page report was the calculation showing that, if the time period 1995-2011 is considered instead, non-European migrants living in Britain took out more than they put in for 17 consecutive years. Crucially, this group includes all non-EEA migrants - not just the new arrivals since 2000, who Dustmann and Frattini focus upon.

In understated language, the study reports: 'Over the 17 fiscal years considered, the amount of public expenditures received by natives [Britons] exceeds the amount of government revenues they contributed in 12 instances. …

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