Polish migrants such as these contribute more to the UK economy than they take out, a report by the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at UCL has found. Photograph: Mike Goldwater/Alamy
Listening to the BBC or reading the headline in the Financial Times (“Immigration brings economic and fiscal gains to UK, reports show”), you would have learned that the study, from the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at University College London, found arrivals from the European economic area (EEA) since 1995 to have been even more of an asset to the UK economy than previously thought. They had, it calculated, contributed £8.8bn over the 15 years between 1995 and 2011, and if you considered only the past 10 years, the balance was even more positive.
Immigrants who arrived after 1999 were 45% less likely to receive state benefits or tax credits than UK natives in the period 2000-2011, according to the report by Prof Christian Dustmann and Dr Tommaso Frattini from UCL’s Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration.