The British economy has seen better days. Millions of people are stuck looking for full-time work, there are half a million people relying on food banks, and over a million young people still unemployed.
But just how much can we follow in UKIP’s steps by blaming immigration for Britain’s own economic and cultural failures?
Thanks to this useful list, researched and compiled by oliverjamesopinion, the answer may surprise you:
According to the Guardian, the British Medical Association advises that without immigrants “many NHS services would struggle to provide effective care.”
Additionally, 11% of all staff in the NHS are foreign-born.
Tim Finch, from the Institute for Public Policy Research think tank, said: “If the single thread of immigration policy is just to get the overall figure down by any means, you’ve got to look at the consequences of that on the NHS.”
According to a study conducted at the University College London (UCL), immigrants from the eight Central and Eastern European countries that joined the European Union in May 2004 are significantly less likely to be claiming welfare benefits and less likely to be living in social housing than people born in the UK.
Professor Christian Dustmann, co-author of the study, said: “Our research contributes important facts to the debate on the costs and benefits of A8 immigration. It shows that A8 immigrants are far less likely to live in social housing or to claim benefits.
“We were surprised about the large net fiscal contribution made by these immigrants, given their relatively low wage position in the UK labour market.”
According to a report by the BBC, almost one in 10 of the UK population lives permanently abroad.
Over the course of 40 years, some 67,500 more British people have left the UK every year than have ever returned.
This population loss has been rebalanced, of course, by increasing immigration.
Most studies have proven that immigration affects employment rates nor unemployment rates.
According to the study conducted by The Economic Journal, “the overall skill distribution of immigrants is remarkably similar to that of the native born workforce.”
According to the Financial Times, between 1995 and 2011, EU immigrants contributed £8.8 billion more than they gained.