05 Nov 2014

A New Debate on EU Migrants

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A recent report published by University College London suggests that new EU migrants have contributed almost £5 billions to the UK economy between 2004 and 2011. The report suggests that after taking into account costs of all public services, including those that increase with additional migrants coming into the country such as health and education as well as fixed costs such as the armed forces.

It is one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind in recent years and which looks at a wide time span of 7 years. A fuller account of this study can be found on the BBC website. The study has fuelled another debate on the merits or otherwise of allowing EU migrants arriving in the UK especially since the joining of Assession or A10 countries to the EU in 2004. It adds to the political wrangling over migration becoming a central issue for the UK Parliamentary elections due in 2015.

Our view is that there may be much more pressing issues for political parties to argue about and satisfy the electorate on, in respect of problems faced by society at home and abroad than to argue over migration which is very small in the scheme of things so long as it is legally justified.

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Taha Idris, OBE, JP, is the Chief Executive of Swansea Bay REC Mr Idris has been in the equality and diversity field for the past 25 years He has served on the North West Regional Committee of BBC Children in Need. and more recently as a Board Member representing Wales on Community Fund and subsequently the Big Lottery Fund.
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