Immigrants put 34% more into public finance than they take out

6 November 2013

This positive contribution is particularly evident for UK immigrants from the European Economic Area (EEA – the European Union plus three small neighbours): they contributed about 34% more in taxes than they received in benefits over the period 2001-11.

These are the central findings of a comprehensive analysis of the fiscal consequences of immigration to the UK, published today by the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at University College London.

The paper written by Christian Dustmann and Tommaso Frattini provides an in-depth analysis of the net fiscal contribution of EEA immigrants in each fiscal year since 1995. The research report can be read here.

Christian Dustmann has also appeared on the following television and radio programmes to discuss this report:

BBC News Channel November 05, 2013

Prof Christian Dustmann comments on the positive impact of European immigrants to the UK on the public finances.

BBC 1 November 05, 2013

Prof Christian Dustmann comments on the BBC1 Breakfast show on the positive impact of European immigrants to the UK on the public finances.

Links:

UCL News
BBC News
The Conversation
CReAM