150,000 Migrants pay only £1 a week in Tax

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The 150,000 immigrants from Eastern Europe earning minimum wage in the UK are contributing a mere £1.09 a week in tax after their benefits are taken into account, a report by Migration Watch has found. More shockingly, the UK’s broken benefits system also allows immigrant couples with two or more children to receive net benefits of £300 or more.

While the report does suggest Eastern European migrants may have a higher rate of employment than British citizens, their lower wages mean many of these immigrants do not boost the UK economy at all.  This does however force lower wages on others in the workplace. Is it fair to expect the British taxpayer to subsidise these low-skilled immigrants as well as the unemployed British workers they have replaced?

For years EU enthusiasts have defamed the opponents of free movement and open borders, citing supposed economic benefits of the policy. Now the myth has been thoroughly disproved. The question is how this policy – which places unprecedented strain on our public services – can continue to be justified?

The NHS is overflowing: hospital beds are increasingly scarce, doctors’ surgeries are full, and A&E waiting times are rocketing. Meanwhile, huge demand has driven up house prices and snapping up school places has become a nightmare for parents. Local services such as the police and the fire service are overstretched by the ever increasing population, triggered by the continual influx of EU migrants who do not contribute to funding these services. Under this current government’s policy, the welfare state has no sustainable future.

The report undoubtedly reinforces the case for a points-based immigration system, similar to Australia, only allowing workers with skills in high demand to enter the country. The USA’s immigration policy is also selective, handing out a set number of visas for preferred categories of workers.

However, in order to reform our immigration system we must first Get Britain Out of the European Union and formulate a policy of our own. Only when the Great British Public are allowed to decide for themselves who we allow to enter Britain, will this huge pressure on our economy and public services be stopped.

Luke Stanley, Research Assistant

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