New EU members add £5bn to UK says research

According to a new study, immigrants from the 10 countries which joined the EU in 2004 contributed more to the UK than they took out in benefits.

They added £4.96bn more in taxes in the years to 2011 than they took out in public services.

The study has been conducted by University College London’s Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration.

Campaigners Migration Watch criticised the report for selective use of dates.

The analysis includes migrants’ share of all public services costs.

It includes costs that increase when the population increases such as health and education and those that stay fixed such as armed forces.

If the fixed costs are excluded, the net benefit of immigration from countries such as Hungary and Poland would more than double to £10.5bn.

Professor Christian Dustmann, co-author of the study, said: “A key concern in the public debate on migration is whether immigrants contribute their fair share to the tax and welfare systems.

“Our new analysis draws a positive picture of the overall fiscal contribution made by recent immigrant cohorts, particularly of immigrants arriving from the EU.”

He added: “European immigrants, particularly, both from the new accession countries and the rest of the European Union, make the most substantial contributions.

“This is mainly down to their higher average labour market participation compared with natives and their lower receipt of welfare benefits.”