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Government and sections of the media claim that Britain is a magnet for so called “benefit tourism”
The figures they use to spin the line that the UK cannot cope with current levels of immigration bear little resemblance to the truth and are designed to deflect attention from policy failures.
11.3% of the UK population is made up of migrants, not far above the European average of 9.4%. The UK has a significantly smaller proportion of migrants from the US, Canada and Australia.
£25 billion is the amount contributed to the UK’s public finances between 2001 and 2011 by European immigrants arriving in the country since 2000, according to the UCL Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM)
1% of unemployed migrants claim unemployment benefit compared to 4% of UK nationals, according to research by the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS)
7.5% of migrants in the UK are unemployed, compared to 7.9% of UK nationals, making the UK the only EU country to have a lower unemployment rate for migrants. EU wide rates are 12.6% and 10% respectively.
64% between 2001 to 2011 , immigrants from EU countries contributed 64% more in taxes than they received in benefits.
43% CrEAM found that immigrants arriving since 2000, were 43% less likely than natives to receive state benefits or tax credits. They were also 7% less likely to live in social housing.
2.2% The amount that income tax would need to rise to make up the shortfall in gross domestic product (GDP) if Cameron achieves his target for reducing net migration to tens of thousands by 2015
€7,350 The amount spent on social protection benefits per inhabitant by the UK government in 2011 – one of the lowest social security spends in Europe.
£8.8 billion The amount contributed to the UK economy by foreign students, who made up 17.4% of the student population, between 2011/12
0.1% the amount of total NHS expenditure spent on overseas visitors as revealed by a government report.