Thursday, November 11, 2010

An answer to Immigration Figures

As promised I have found out more on immigration figures as an answer to Richard Bailey

Dear Mr Clarke,

Thank you for your mail.

As most illegal immigrants work in low paid jobs then legalising them would cost a lot of money because they would be entitled to social housing, health and pensions in old age yet would contribute less in tax during their working life. We estimate that the Lifetime costs of each working illegal immigrant once regularised are £220,000 for a single person, £560,000 for a sole earner family with two children and £170,000 for a two earner two child family. For an unemployed immigrant the estimated Lifetime Costs are £660,000 for a single person and £1,030,000 for a two child family.

Our website contains a number of briefing papers on illegal migrants and an amnesty

People who employ illegal migrants take advantage of their status by often paying below the minimum wage and not respecting other aspects of employment law such as health and safety and holiday entitlement, which means they have a cheaper source of labour than if they employed a British citizen. Unemployment in London is around 10% so there are plenty of people who could be working in jobs. Rather than keeping them on benefits wouldn't it be better if employers had to offer a decent wage for jobs such as cleaners.

Migrationwatch UK is an independent think tank. Our purpose is to monitor developments, conduct research, and provide the public with full and accurate facts placed in their proper context. We also make recommendations for policy. Our focus in on numbers.

Unlike the huge pro-immigration lobby, primarily funded by the British taxpayer, we receive no funds from the government, nor from the lottery, and have no intention of seeking them. We intend to remain entirely independent but this means that we rely on public donations to support our work. We are the only rational body making an effective case against the massive levels of UK immigration. Our administrative costs are minimal and we do not use any part of donations to pay fund raisers. Every penny goes directly to the cause.

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Matthew Pollard

Executive Director

Migrationwatch UK

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