Unskilled migrants to Britain drain thousands of pounds more from the country than they contribute, according to a group of economists backing the end of uncontrolled immigration after Brexit. Each person coming to the UK without any skills costs taxpayers an average £3,500 each year in welfare and support, research by Economists for Free Trade (EFT) has said.
On the other hand, skilled migration helps boost the economy.
The lobby group is arguing for a post-Brexit visa system, which promotes the immigration of skilled workers. Managing director of Capital Economics and member of EFT said: “We’ve seen a clear distinction between unskilled immigration to this country and skilled immigration into this country. Far from bringing a gain, unskilled immigration brings a loss.”
The same is not true for all of skilled migration, whatever arrangements are put in place, we must recognize this difference and make sure we allow skilled migration to continue, which brings a net benefit to the economy as a whole.The lobby group is also calling on the Government to replace European Union (EU) single market rules with UK-based laws and regulations.
It estimates that releasing British companies from Brussels red-tape alone could boost GDP by around two per cent.
Finally, the group believes the UK should scrap all trade tariff barriers to boost GDP by another four per cent.
Mr Bootle added: “The Prime Minister has set out a bold ambition for the UK to become a true global leader in free trade. However, the path to success is not straightforward and we hope that our detailed economic research and insight can support the Government in choosing the right policies to deliver economic prosperity.”