A report, by the London School of Economics, has dispelled a number of ‘myths’ or misconceptions about the impact of immigration on the UK.
It has been published as part of a series of research publications to be released between now and the EU referendum on 23 June. Key findings have included that wage variations for British workers have little correlation to immigration rates and are instead primarily linked to overriding economic factors such as the global economic crisis.
The report’s authors also state that rather than being a burden on resources, immigrants pay more in taxes than they use in public services and play a vital role in reducing the budget deficit. Report author Jonathan Wadsworth said:
“The bottom line, which may surprise many people, is that EU immigration has not harmed the pay, jobs or public services enjoyed by Britons. EU immigrants pay more in taxes than they use in public services and therefore they help to reduce the budget deficit. So, far from being a necessary evil that we pay to get access to the greater trade and foreign investment generated by the EU single market, immigration is at worse neutral and at best, another economic benefit.”
Read more: Siobhan Fenton, Independent, http://tinyurl.com/h2fzlwq