Migrants who came to live in the UK from inside the European Union gave the economy a boost of around £20 billion between 1995-2011, a new report has revealed.
The major academic study also found that recent immigration from outside Europe – gave the economy a £4.4 billion boost over the same period.
The study also showed that immigrants who came to live in Britain from outside Europe cost the public purse roughly £118 billion in the same period.
Researchers from University College London found that 'native' Brits made a negative contribution of £591 billion over the 17 years – largely because of the country’s massive budget deficit and ageing population.
Looking more closely at recent arrivals, between 2001 and 2011, the picture improved for both EEA and non-EEA immigrants, with European arrivals making a positive fiscal contribution of £20 billion and those from outside Europe making a positive net payment of £5 billion.
Between 2001-2001, the research found that arrivals to the UK:
- EU arrivals made a positive fiscal contribution of £20 billion
- Migrants from outside Europe made a positive net payment of £5 bn
- Those who arrived since 2000 were 43% less likely than UK born workers to receive state benefits or tax credits
- EU migrants were 7% less likely to live in social housing