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Immigration

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a revised estimate of the fiscal impact of immigration to include the cost of all children of immigrant parentage. (95984)

The Department's study of the net fiscal contribution of migrants in the UK in 1999-2000 was published in 2002. This was entitled: “The Migrant Population in the UK: Fiscal Effects” (Gott and Johnston), RDS Occasional Paper 77. This is available online at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs/occ77migrant.pdf.

This study was updated in 2005 by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) which published a paper updating the Home Office estimates and found that migrants made a fiscal contribution in each year of the study. This was entitled “Paying their Way: the fiscal contribution of immigrants in the UK” (Sriskandarajah) and is available at:

http://www.ippr.org.uk/publicationsandreports/publication.asp?id=280

We believe that this analysis has considered the question of children in the fiscal calculations. We have no plans therefore to revise our analysis.