I have to take issue with Cllr Laurence Keeley’s letter [May 13] in which he paints a depressing picture of the country’s future if we continue to allow free movement of people within the EU.
As usual Brexit supporters see only a dark side to immigration and one has to turn to actual facts to see what is happening. A recent study by the London School of Economics concludes: “In fact, for the most part EU immigration has likely made us better off. So far from it being a necessary evil that we pay to get access to the greater trade and foreign investment generated by the EU single market, immigration is at worst neutral and, at best, another economic benefit.”
The study said there was little effect of EU immigration on inequality through reducing the pay and jobs of less skilled UK workers, while changes in wages and unemployment for less skilled UK-born workers show little correlation with changes in EU immigration.
“EU immigrants pay more in taxes than they use in public services and therefore they help to reduce the budget deficit. Immigrants do not have a negative effect on local services such as education, health or social housing; nor do they have any effect on social instability as indicated by crime rates.”
Well, you ‘pays your money and takes your choice’ but I would be more inclined to trust a scientific study by the LSE rather than the emotional outpourings of Brexit supporters.
Professor Trevor Salmon
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