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Inwards and outward migration good for the UK

British workers too benefit from work opportunities in the EU 24th July 2009: The accession of new countries to the EU in 2004 and 2007 is apparently proving advantageous, as British workers too are benefiting from opportunities to work in the EU.

Even the UK Border Agency believes both inwards and outward migration is proving to be good for the UK; and the impact of migration from Eastern Europe is only “short-term”.

A spokesman for the UK Border Agency says: "There is no denying the benefits migrants can bring to the UK, with European workers making an important contribution to our economy, through paying taxes and filling skills and labour gaps in sectors such as hospitality and agriculture.

"British workers have also benefited from opportunities to work in the EU.

"As well as the benefits, we know there have been some short-term impacts as a result of migration from Eastern Europe.

"That is why we introduced the Workers Registration Scheme to ensure that people come to work and not to claim benefits. This research shows our strategy is paying off”.

Recently a study confirmed migrants have greatly benefited the UK’s economy. Contrary to the impression given by the pressure groups on the harmful effects of immigration, the research showed the UK has gained economically from the influx of Polish, Czech and other immigrants from 10 countries that joined the European Union in 2004.

The study by Professor of economics at University College London Christian Dustmann said the wave of immigrants has made a substantial net contribution to the UK fiscal system. This immigration has not been a burden on the welfare system, but has rather contributed to strengthen the fiscal position.

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