Give immigrants their fair share, they claim fewer benefits
21st January 2011: The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have taken the force out of the argument that immigrants put pressure on the taxpayers by accepting benefits.
The figures reveal UK born people take more benefits than immigrants. In fact, the statistics indicate foreign born are less likely to stake a claim for state benefits, compared to their UK born counterparts.
And, the phenomenon is not restricted to any particular area or province. The official data suggests the same holds true in nearly all British regions and countries.
The ONS figures also reveal in some regions almost half the UK born population are claiming benefits or tax credits.
It goes on to say the difference is “negligible” where foreign born people receive more. The assertion is significant as so far those arguing against immigration have used “benefits” as a tool to drive home their unsubstantiated message.
The figures show more than 45 per cent of UK born people in Wales, the north east and the North West receive welfare payments.
As of now, London has the largest percentage of foreign-born people. They comprise 34 per cent of the population. The west midlands and the south east have 11 per cent foreign born people.