UK immigrants have contributed more than 20 billion pounds to the country’s economy
The analysis of statistical data done by a research team from University College London the immigrants have contributed to the UK economy with more than 25 billion UK pounds in the period 2001 to 2011.
In addition to that, the research shows that immigrants were less likely to receive benefits or use social housing that UK citizens. The research was carried out by Professor Christian Dustmann and Dr Tommaso Frattini at UCL’s Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration.
They found out that while, on average, UK citizens had paid 7% less in taxes than they had received in state spending, immigrants had paid 4% more in taxes than they had received in benefits. The probable reason for this is that most of the immigrants, who come to work in the United Kingdom are young and therefore less likely to use health services than the average of all British citizens.
According to the report university graduates who are coming to work in the UK are expected to contribute most to the local society, because they still have not reached the peaks of their careers and as they advance in their job they will receive more money and pay more taxes.
A further breakdown of the figures shows that immigrants from outside the European Economic Area have made ‘a negative fiscal contribution’. The report states that this is ‘partly explained by their demographic structure –non-EEA immigrants have had more children than natives and we have allocated educational expenditure for children to immigrants’.
The report, however, has attracted significant criticism as well. Sir Andrew Green of anti-immigration group Migrationwatch UK said that the report was misleading because it takes no account of future costs of immigration such as the costs of pensions and medical treatment as immigrants grow older.
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