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Christian Dustmann Economist

A key concern of the public debate on migration is whether immigrants contribute their fair share to the tax and welfare systems. Our new analysis draws a positive picture of the overall fiscal contribution made by recent immigrant cohorts, particularly of immigrants arriving from the EU.
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Migration Advisory Committee Non-departmental public body

The estimates suggest that for the fiscal year 1999-2000 migrants in the UK contributed GBP 31.2 billion in taxes and used benefits and state services valued at GBP 28.8 billion. Therefore, the net fiscal contribution of migrants was approximately GBP + 2.5 billion.
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Francine Blau Economist

The evidence does not suggest that current immigrant flows cost native-born taxpayers money over the long-run nor does it provide support for the notion that lowering immigration quotas or stepping up enforcement of existing immigration laws would generate savings to existing taxpayers.
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John Fraser Australian public servant

The analysis conducted by Treasury and the Department of Home Affairs provides a clear evidence base for the government’s migration policy settings supporting our national interest.
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George Borjas Economist

The presence of all immigrant workers (legal and illegal) in the labor market makes the U.S. economy (GDP) an estimated 11 percent larger ($1.6 trillion) each year.

Department of Home Affairs (Australia) Australian Government interior ministry

Looking more broadly across both migrant incomes and expenses, migrants are estimated to have a positive fiscal impact since they are predominantly of working age when they arrive. This means that they arrive in Australia at a time in their lives when their taxable income is usually highest and usage of government services such as health, education and aged care is usually lowest.
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Home Office The Home Office is the lead UK government department for immigration and passports, drugs poli

A Home Office research study found that, in 1999/2000, first generation migrants in the UK contributed £31.2 billion in taxes and consumed £28.8 billion in benefits and public services – a net fiscal contribution of £2.5 billion.
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OECD International economic organisation

Migrants contribute more in taxes and social contributions than they receive in benefits.
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HM Revenue and Customs Official news and information from HM Revenue & Customs. If you have a tax query, please tweet

In 2013-14, EEA nationals paid £12.1 billion more Income Tax and National Insurance than they took out in tax credits and Child Benefit.
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Theresa May Prime minister of the United Kingdom

The evidence – from the OECD, the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee and many academics – shows that while there are benefits of selective and controlled immigration, at best the net economic and fiscal effect of high immigration is close to zero. So there is no case, in the national interest, for immigration of the scale we have experienced over the last decade.
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George Eaton Political Editor, New Statesman

Migrants pay far more in tax than they claim in benefits, with a net contribution of £7bn a year. An OBR study found that with zero net migration, public sector debt would rise to 145 per cent of GDP by 2062-63, while with high net migration it would fall to 73 per cent.
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Centre for American Progress Progressive public policy research and advocacy organization

Mainstream economists have thoroughly debunked this general stereotype of immigrants as takers, finding that immigrants are a net positive for the economy and pay more into the system than they take out. In fact, immigrants’ contributions have also played a key role in prolonging the solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund. And the truth is that the cost-benefit analyses that immigration restri... See More
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London School of Economics Welcome to the official Twitter account of the London School of Economics and Political Scienc

Given that EU immigrants are making net contributions, there is no reason to think that they should crowd out public services. Their extra fiscal contributions could be used to increase spending on local health and education for the UK-born. In other words, reducing EU immigration could generate the need for continued austerity. This would magnify the need for cutbacks caused by the slower growth ... See More
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Jonathan Portes Professor of Economics, King's College London; Senior Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe. New boo

HMRC has also published important new data about the fiscal contribution made by recently arrived EEA nationals, showing that they paid more than £3bn in taxes on income while claiming about £0.5bn in HMRC benefits. This provides further confirmation that EU migrants have made a strongly positive contribution to the UK economy and public finances.
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National Bureau of Economic Research The National Bureau of Economic Research is dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of

Using the NBER TAXSIM program, we estimate that refugees pay $21,000 more in taxes than they receive in benefits over their first 20 years in the U.S.
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Gavin Barwell British politician

What the evidence shows is that it boosts GDP itself – the size of our economy. And because migrants tend to be younger and more economically active than the population as a whole (this is of course a generalisation – the reality is that some types of immigration are more economically beneficial than others, of which more shortly), it also helps us deal with our debt problem at least in the short ... See More
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National Immigration Forum Working with faith, law enforcement, business and veterans leaders, we advocate for opportunit

Immigrants contributed $182.4 billion more to the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund from 1996 to 2011 than they received in benefits.
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Boston Planning and Development Agency Boston's Planning & Development Agency. Shaping the future of Boston together.

As for the unauthorized immigrants, if they had not achieved legal status by retirement, they would not be eligible to collect Social Security or Medicare benefits even if they had paid into these programs through payroll taxes. In other words, Social Security and Medicare costs related to the immigrant labor force are cost neutral to the host country’s society, and Social Security and Medicare co... See More
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David Hanson Labour MP Delyn-ex minister,Beatles,Lfc,husband,dad,son,brother uncle&friend-likes cinema -Fli

This report shows that immigration since 2001 has contributed to the public finances as well as to the economy. However the impact of different kinds of immigration varies and the system needs to be fair - so we need stronger border controls to tackle illegal immigration and stronger action against employers who use immigration to undercut local wages and jobs, but we should welcome international ... See More
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Frank Sharry Immigrant advocate. Founder and Executive Director of @AmericasVoice. #immigration #DreamAct

On the fringes of the immigration debate, you have Donald Trump and his small band of nativists peddling fears and falsehoods. For those of us who inhabit a fact-driven reality, you have a growing body of credible research demonstrating the benefits of immigrants and the burdens of following Trump’s radical proposals.
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Office for Budget Responsibility This is the official Twitter channel of the OBR. The OBR provides independent and authoritativ

Most recent evidence for the UK is supportive of the view that net inward migration has had a positive fiscal impact.

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy tweets here. News on tax fairness and tax refor

Undocumented immigrants make considerable tax contributions. Like other immigrants and U.S. citizens they purchase goods and services, work, and live across the country. Proposals to remove immigrants ignore their many contributions. In a time when most states are facing revenue shortages, the potential budgetary impacts of mass deportation merits careful consideration. States could lose an estima... See More
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Lords Economic Affairs Committee A House of Lords committee that considers economic affairs & makes recommendations for Governm

The fiscal impact (of immigration) is small compared to GDP and cannot be used to justify large-scale immigration.


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Robert Rector Research fellow at the Heritage Foundation

In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of around $14,387 per household. This cost had to be borne by U.S. taxpayers... Under current law, all unlawful immigrant households together have an aggregate annual de... See More
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Lord Green of Deddington Founding chairman of MigrationWatch UK

EU migration, taken as a whole, is not making the positive fiscal contribution that has so often been claimed.
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White House Official residence and workplace of the president of the united states

There is general agreement amongst immigration experts that low-skilled migrants create a net fiscal deficit, creating more in government expenditures than they pay in taxes. According to one study, current immigration policy imposes as much as $300 billion annually in net fiscal costs on U.S. taxpayers.
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Federation for American Immigration Reform Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) fights for a stronger America with controlle

Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level… The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed household of $1,117... Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion...

Center for Immigration Studies The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organi

Immigrants do not pay enough in taxes to cover their consumption of public services at the present time.

Migration Watch UK We are an independent, non political body which is concerned about the present scale of immigr

Immigration as a whole has cost up to £150 billion in the last 17 years.

Jim Gilchrist Far-right political activist

The annual gross cost to U.S. taxpayers to provide schooling, hospitalization, and whatever plethoric benefits are out there for the 30 million illegal aliens is approximately $400 billion per year funded by bona fide U.S. taxpayers. That's $400 billion per year and going up.
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