Migrant workers pay more, take less
The doyen of migration economics, Prof Christian Dustmann at UCL, has published research showing that East European migrants pay more in taxes than they use in social protection. Indeed they put in 30% more than they take out, unlike UK-born adults who claim more than they pay!
The gap is so wide that it’s unlikely to be challenged (unlike arguments over migrant workers’ impact on GDP per head, which seem to be marginal and swing between positive and negative depending on the research). It won’t stop the debate, of course, still less the ill-informed process of ‘argument-from-anecdote’ that surrounds social housing.
And this paper doesn’t show how individual workers (migrant or native) are affected, although since 32% of EU migrants have a degree and the average wage is £6.80 an hour, exploitation seems rife!
But it’s further evidence that migration benefits the economy as a whole.