Hayes to write to Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin to request a similar study evaluating the economic impact of European immigrants on the Irish economy
Brian Hayes MEP today welcomed a University College London study which shows the positive economic contribution of European immigrants to the UK.
“European immigrants who arrived in the UK since 2000 have contributed more than £20bn to UK public finances between 2001 and 2011, according to this new study. This runs completely contradictory to the many recent calls for a crackdown on immigration which is being touted mainly by UKIP but also, to a lesser degree, by David Cameron’s Conservative Party,” said Mr. Hayes.
“I will be writing to Minister of State for Equality, New Communities & Culture Aodhán Ó Ríordáin to request that a similar study in Ireland should be carried out in Ireland to assess the impact of European immigrants on our economy. I think this would be a valuable way of analysing one the benefits of one of the EU’s four key pillars – freedom of movement. To put the issue into greater perspective, the European Commission should consider carrying out an EU-wide study,” added Mr. Hayes.
“The fact of the matter is that immigrants who came to the UK from Europe since 2000 have made a positive fiscal contribution at a time when the UK was running budget deficits, as shown by this study. Moreover, immigrants have helped ease the tax burden on UK-born workers and have brought varied educational qualities, thereby saving billions for the UK in education spending,” added Mr. Hayes.
“UCL’s study exposes the paradox of Eurosceptic arguments which attempt to point the finger at European immigrants as taking advantage of ‘benefit tourism’. Much of this is being driven by electoral aspirations and thereby creating a greater divide between the UK and the European Union,” concluded Mr. Hayes.