European Immigration

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3613
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Your Europe Report acknowledges that immigrants from the European Economic Area who arrived after 1999 "have made a big positive impact on public finances", contributing 34% more in taxes than they have received as transfers. Why does the same report repeatedly advocate a curb on the free movement of this exact group of people?

Answer

Answer for European Immigration

Answer for European Immigration

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Report acknowledged that some EEA immigrants have had a positive impact on finances, although the scale and scope of immigration has been beyond initial estimates. The Report recognises that there is a need to reform for clarity in terms of access to benefits and employment related taxation and calls for the issue to be opened for discussion.