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Anti-immigration group's claim that migrants cost Brits £22m a day slammed

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities

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An anti-immigration group's claim that migrants have cost British taxpayers £22 million a day since 1995 has been slammed by researchers.

Basing its claim on a report from the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Migration Watch UK has said that migrants to the country cost the taxpayer £140 billion between 1995 and 2011.

However, CREaM has said that MWUK's reading of its data is "based on a serious misinterpretation of the methodology we have used in our work, which leads to fundamental mistakes that invalidate their calculations".

According to MWUK, in its paper from last November - ‘The Fiscal Effects of Immigration to the UK’ - CReAM "calculated that the overall effect of immigration since 1995 has been a net cost of £95 billion. This result was contained in a table annexed to their paper but it was not even mentioned in the text of the report, still less in the summary or the press release - a truly astonishing omission."

The group added that CReAM "also claimed a net benefit of £25 billion from recent migrants which they described as 'a very sizeable fiscal contribution'. However, analysis by Migration Watch finds that the true figure is more likely to be a net cost of that amount."

MWUK's own report - ‘An Assessment of the Fiscal Effects of Immigration to the UK’ - says that CReAM's findings about the contributions made by EEA migrants are "simply wrong" relying "on assumptions that employees earn the same as the UK-born population".

It goes on to claim that "on less unreasonable assumptions, there was no positive fiscal impact at all from the recent EEA migrant group singled out".

In response, CReAM has said that MWUK's "strongly worded criticism is all the more surprising as the MW report is based on a substantial amount of guesswork, does not provide clear indication of how their figures are computed, and is at times sloppy or simply wrong".

CReAM added: "We welcome constructive criticism of our work, and we have engaged responsively and transparently with outside researchers who have raised criticisms since we believe that only an open and fact-based debate can do justice to a subject as sensitive as immigration."

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