The ben­e­fits of EU ci­ti­zens

East Kilbride News - - E@ST KILBRIDE VIEW -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

At the same time as the re­cent re­port from the Mi­gra­tion Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee out­lined the im­pact of im­mi­gra­tion on the UK, an as­sess­ment high­lighted the value of EU ci­ti­zens to the Bri­tish econ­omy.

It noted that when it comes to the pub­lic fi­nances, Euro­pean mi­grants con­trib­ute sub­stan­tially more than they cost – eas­ing the tax bur­den on other tax­pay­ers.

Taxes will, there­fore, have to rise if Brexit brings strict curbs on EU work­ers, be­cause they pay far more to the pub­lic purse than Bri­tish-born res­i­dents and also those from out­with the EU.

Mi­grants from the EU con­trib­ute £2,300 more to the Ex­che­quer each year in net terms than the aver­age adult.

Over their life­times, they pay in £78,000 more than they take out in pub­lic ser­vices and ben­e­fits – while the aver­age UK cit­i­zen’s net life­time con­tri­bu­tion is zero.

Non-Euro­pean mi­grants will make a pos­i­tive net con­tri­bu­tion of £28,000 to £50,000. This is be­cause most EU mi­grants ar­rive fully ed­u­cated and many leave be­fore the costs of re­tire­ment start to weigh on pub­lic fi­nances.

In to­tal, the net ben­e­fit from the class of 2016 was ex­pected to be £26.9 bil­lion, with £19.3bn com­ing from EU mi­grants.

The re­main­ing £7.5bn is from mi­grants from the rest of the world.

It is all well and good want­ing to curb im­mi­gra­tion from the EU but peo­ple liv­ing in the UK must be made aware of the clear im­pact this will have on the Bri­tish econ­omy. Alex Orr, via email

En­joy­ing the great out­doors News con­trib­u­tor Sarah Robert­son is back with this lovely pic­ture taken dur­ing a walk at Kil­loch Glen, Neil­ston in East Ren­frew­shire. Send your land­scapes and scenic images to news@east­k­il­bri­de­

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