LSE: EU Migration Does Not Drive Down UK Wages
In a report published yesterday the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics analyses the impact of migration on wages and job propects for UK nationals. It flatly contradicts Iain Duncan Smith's claim that migration drives down wages. Key findings of the report include:
- That EU immigrants are more educated, younger, more likely to be in work and less likely to claim benefits than the UK-born.
- That areas of the UK with large increases in EU immigration did not suffer greater falls in the jobs and pay of UK-born workers
- That there is little effect of EU immigration on inequality through reducing the pay and jobs of less skilled UK workers.
- EU immigrants pay more in taxes than they take out in welfare and the use of public services.
- The refugee crisis has nothing to do with EU membership. Refugees admitted to Germany have no right to live in the UK.