Friday, 24 July 2009

Migrant workers contribute to public purse

Eastern European migrants who came to live and work in the UK in the last five years have made a positive contribution to the public purse, research has revealed.

The Polish, Czech and other arrivals who moved to the UK when the European Union expanded in 2004 have paid substantially more in taxes than they have received in benefits, the study by academics at University College London (UCL) found.

Official statistics show that between 2004 and 2008, more than 52,000 people came to Scotland from the new EU countries, including Lithuania and Estonia. The majority of immigrants from Eastern Europe came from Poland. Full report from The Herald.

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