Economics


Why The Uk Is Wide Open To International Talent.

Two news stories in particular have caught our eye this week. Here are a few concrete truths in response to a great deal of hot air and very few facts. On Tuesday the Nobel prize winning British scientist Professor John O’Keefe warned the government that its immigration policies were ‘a very very large obstacle’ to […]

Britain Is Open For Business

1. Despite the government’s substantial range of measures to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands by the end of the Parliament, the UK remains very much open for business. There are numerous categories under which people can come to the UK to work, do business and study, allowing people to invest in and […]

What Can Be Done About High Levels Of Immigration From The Eu?

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that over the year to June 2014 the annual increase in the number of people from Eastern European countries in employment in the UK has reached record levels, surpassing even the previous peak annual increase in the year to June 2007. This has raised the […]

14th August 2014 (Economics, European Union)

The Niesr On Immigration– Maximising Our Population For Minimum Gain?

1. This quarter’s National Institute Economic Review is a special immigration edition. The key paper essentially claims that Britain will be worse off if net migration is reduced to the tens of thousands, as the government has pledged. 2. Using a dynamic overlapping generations computable general equilibrium model (tell that to the man on the […]

6th August 2014 (Economics, Policy, Population)

The Impact Of Immigration Controls On Skilled Migrants

There is no evidence of a negative impact of immigration controls on the availability of skilled migrants.  Less than half the Tier 2 quota has been taken up in the three years since it was introduced.  Nor is there any evidence to link a fall in non-EU skilled migration with an increase from the EU […]

The Obr Report On Fiscal Sustainability

The OBR have now released their annual Fiscal Sustainability Report for 2014. Public Sector Net Debt (PSND) in March 2014 stood at 76.1% of GDP a figure of £1,273 billion, or £48,200 per household.   The OBR looked ahead for the next 50 years and found that the budget deficit is projected to widen in the […]

11th July 2014 (Economics)

The Mac On The Obr And Public Debt

On Thursday the Office of Budget Responsibility will release their latest Fiscal Sustainability report.  The Migration Advisory Committee have looked at the OBR’s 2013 Fiscal Sustainability Report and their finding that higher net migration would lead to a reduction in debt as a percentage of GDP over a 50 year time frame.  The OBR had […]

The Guardian And Data ‘facts’

The Guardian recently posted an article in their ‘DataBlog’ section which claimed to examine the facts behind our headline claim that 150,000 eastern European migrants pay no more than £1 a week in direct tax.  It is disappointing that despite writing under the tagline “Facts are sacred” the author, Tom Wills is unable or unwilling […]

2nd May 2014 (Economics, European Union)

Tax Contribution Of East European Migrants

In a Today Programme interview on 30 April about our paper published that day (see Briefing Paper 1.38), Mr Portes did not challenge our findings that low paid migrants pay little or no net direct tax.   However, he suggested that we had overlooked the effect of other taxes paid by the low-paid.  He made the […]

1st May 2014 (Economics, European Union)

Many East Europeans Work Hard But How Many Pay Tax?

About 150,000 pay only £1 a week net tax A new study out today reveals some of the ‘hidden’ costs to the UK taxpayer of the unprecedented wave of low paid Eastern European immigration in the past decade and how they are being ‘subsidised’ by the UK taxpayer. The research from think tank Migration Watch […]

30th April 2014 (Economics, European Union)

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