Interesting comment on the false economics of migrant workers – applies equally to Tier2 IT workers – 20% of whom displace British workers and damage the economy

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Firstly, EU migrants bring in billions of pounds a year in taxes. Curtailing their numbers in the UK would have a profound effect on our public finances”.

Even if the first sentence is correct, the second is not. It’s not a question of how much taxes people pay, but as I’ve noted before how much more tax they pay than they cost in public services and benefits. Broadly, Western Europeans appear to make a net fiscal contribution, and Eastern Europeans not. That’s nothing to do with where they come from or different appetites for work, but about the jobs they are actually do. There are low-paid Portuguese cleaners and bonus-earning Romanian bankers, but overall Western Europeans earn more than average and Eastern Europeans less.


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