Vox Political has tried to resist this, but the graph is just too significant to ignore. From the Daily Mirror:
New research has shown recent immigrants have made a net contribution of £25bn to the UK over the last ten years.
That means immigrants who have arrived in the country since 2000 have paid more in taxes than they have received in benefits and services.
Over the same period the native UK population used £617bn more in services and benefits than they paid in taxes.
A lot of it is down to age. When we look at adult populations, which this study did, immigrants are likely to be younger – which means they have more of their working lives ahead of them. The native population, on the other hand, contains far many more retired people, who use much more than they pay in.
In 2011, the last year for which the study had data, the average age of someone born in the UK was 40. The average age of an immigrant from Europe was 34 and from elsewhere 32.
The UK-born population is also more likely to claim benefits and social housing, according to the study.
Immigrants from the European Economic Area make the strongest contributions, including those from the ‘A10’ countries which joined the EU in 2004 – for example Poland, Latvia, Lithuania.
An immigrant is much more likely to have a degree than someone born in the UK. The difference is even more stark if you look only at recent immigrants – 62% of immigrants from non-A10 EU countries (e.g. France, Italy) have a degree.
Far fewer immigrants are under-educated. This year in the UK around half of the population over 23 left school before 17. Only 1 in 5 immigrants from Europe has similarly low education, and 1 in 4 from outside Europe.
The study suggests that the cost of all immigrants was a loss to the UK of £113bn between 1995 and 2011, although that’s somewhat mitigated by the estimated £35bn saving made through their being educated abroad.
A recent Ipsos Mori poll found we think there are twice as many immigrants as there actually are – 24%, when the reality is 13%. This is a pattern of error repeated across the world.
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