Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Migrants from the EU "contribute" to the British economy whereas migrants from elsewhere do not

Much is being made today on the new report (featured on the Today programme) which reveals migrants from the EU "contribute" to the British economy whereas migrants from elsewhere do not contribute:  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/1113/05112013-ucl-migration-research-salt-dustmann and  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/11209234/Immigration-from-outside-Europe-cost-120-billion.html

On the Today programme Robert Peston pointed out that immigrants from Eastern Europe tend to be younger and so do not need to use NHS services so much.

This is I suspect a rather flawed analysis.

The young Poles we have in the United Kingdom are not orphans. 

They have parents and grandparents who will need expensive medical care.

We know that Poland has one of the worst health systems in Europe:  http://www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/99519,Polish-health-care-system-one-of-the-worst-in-Europe

If a young Polish warehouse operative in the United Kingdom is informed that his mother has cancer is he likely to leave her to rot in Poland or bring her to the United Kingdom where she just has to turn up at a hospital A&E and get reasonably good healthcare, free and no questions asked?

For all the immigrants who have arrived in the United Kingdom since 1997 we can expect to add multiples of relatives travelling here to use NHS services.

I used to be opposed to identity cards, now I feel they are essential.

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