Economics


Mrs Roche On The “benefits” Of Immigration

In her article for The Independent on Sunday on 20 April, Barbara Roche criticised Yvette Cooper for failing, in her recent speech, to make “the single most important argument on migration; that immigrants put more into Britain than they take out”.    She continued “Their net contribution – equivalent to more than 4p on the basic […]

23rd April 2014 (Economics)

Ict Visas And The Immigration Figures Are The Home Office Fiddling The Figures?

Last week there were press reports that the government was going to ‘massage’ the immigration figures by shortening  the short term Intra Company Transfer (ICT) route to less than one year so as to take 20,000 out of the immigration figures [1].  However, by no means all will be coming for a full year thus […]

Migration Watch Paper On The Fiscal Effects Of Immigration To The Uk And The Response From Cream

1. CReAM has responded to our paper by misrepresenting the points we made without answering them[1]. Perhaps this was a ploy to distract attention from the weaknesses we have identified but it is not what we should expect from an academic institution. 2. The Migration Watch analysis is anything but the “violent attack” claimed. On […]

13th March 2014 (Economics)

Immigrants Have Cost The Tax Payer Over £140 Billion Since 1995

Recent immigrants from 2001 to 2011 might have cost over £25 bn. Migration Watch UK today issued a new assessment of the cost of immigration to the tax payer. The outcome is that immigrants cost the taxpayer over £140 billion or more than £22 million a day over the 17 years 1995 – 2011. The Migration […]

The Impacts Of Migration On Uk Native Employment

Summary 1.  The government review of the literature on the impact of immigration on UK native employment focused on the link between immigration and unemployment. It concluded that there was evidence of labour market displacement in times of recession but relatively little evidence in times of economic growth. The other aspect, that the majority of […]

12th March 2014 (Economics, Employment)

The Institute Of Directors And Immigration

The Institute of Directors (IoD) have been busy of late. Earlier last week Simon Walker, the Director General, argued in a debate that London needed more immigration. Later in the week, Mr Walker described a speech made by James Brokenshire, the Minister of State for Immigration, as ‘feeble and pathetic’. (See here) Mr Brokenshire’s crime?  […]

Response To Cream Paper On Contribution Of Migrants To Economy

Summary 1.  The press release, much publicised by the BBC, was heavily slanted to obscure the report’s finding that all migrants in the UK, regardless of their year of arrival, made a negative fiscal contribution of £95.4 billion between 1995 and 2011.   It also obscured the finding that, in respect of those who have arrived […]

Labour’s Link Between Immigration And Apprenticeships

Summary 1.Labour’s scheme to trade work permits for new apprenticeships faces practical difficulties. Work permits are nowadays issued for higher level positions so apprentices would not be immediate replacements. There would be no impact on low skilled migration which seems to have been the context for this announcement. Introduction 2. On the Andrew Marr show […]

24th September 2013 (Economics, Education, Employment, Policy)

The Obr And Immigration (revised)

Summary  1. The recent OBR report was deeply misleading on immigration because it:  -        chose for the summary an entirely theoretical scenario.  -        made no assessment of the government’s actual policy; indeed, the general effect was to misrepresent it.  -        made no mention of the population impact of its central case which would […]

14th August 2013 (Economics, Population)

The Obr And Immigration

This year’s report by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) on the sustainability of the government’s fiscal position included an Annex on immigration. This suggested that the UK’s public debt / GDP ratio would be considerably enhanced by a higher level of immigration. The report is remarkably frank about the lack of evidence for any […]

6th August 2013 (Economics, Health, Population)

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