Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Report blows apart claims on welfare tourism

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A report by UCL's Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration has provided hard evidence about the impact of migration on public finances.

Anneliese Dodds MEP has welcomed a report by University College London's Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration released this week, which has provided hard evidence about the impact of migration on public finances. The report shows that migrants from the EU have contributed more than £20bn to the UK's public finances since 2001.

The report shows that between 2001 and 2011, European immigrants contributed considerably more in taxes than they received in benefits, with immigrants from the original 15 EU member states (before the 2004 expansion) contributing 64% more than they received, and immigrants from the 10 states that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 contributing 12% more than they received.

Anneliese said: "This report shows that contrary to the scaremongering peddled by UKIP and the Tories, migration from the EU has had a positive impact on the UK's finances. Some unscrupulous employers and landlords have tried to exploit migrants in the South East, but the answer to this lies in tightening up the UK's lax employment and housing standards- not in scapegoating migrants.

"The Coalition government has been desperate to pin the blame for its poor economic performance on migrants. The Tories have stated time and time again that the EU is responsible for so-called 'welfare tourism', which they insinuate is the reason for our stagnating public finances. This report, written by well-respected academics and drawing on hard evidence, blows that argument apart".

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