Want new evidence? It’s in the public domain: Migrants are Good Value!

Politicians and their civil servants are always asking rights advocacy groups like Migrants’ Rights Scotland for evidence-based arguments, solid business cases and so on. Regardless of how many times they have been given reports and briefing papers, or been directed to the work of the professional statisticians and researchers.

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Just Wednesday (July 11) at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration at Westminster, Martin Horwood MP wanted more of those hard facts that support the role of migration within the Commonwealth and tell of the difficulties encountered for business and trade. Two weeks ago at a meeting in Glasgow, Phil Taylor of the UKBA in Scotland and Northern Ireland also asked for evidence of hardship or issue resulting from the recent immigration rule changes.

All this to build up a ‘portfolio’ to counter regulations and policies, in the vain hope that the same politicians and civil servants will use them to challenge the might of their ‘superiors’, the power-holders in Parliament or at the Home Office.

Well, just for the record, as the following points are fundamental, even crucial facts in the migration debate:

1. Immigrants start businesses.
2. Immigrants-owned businesses create jobs for (Any State) workers.
3. Immigrants are also more likely to create their own jobs.
4. Immigrants develop cutting-edge technologies and companies.
5. Immigrants are our engineers, scientists and innovators.
6. Immigration boosts earnings for (Any State) workers.
7. Immigrants boost demand for local consumer goods.
8. Immigration reform legislation like the (USA’s) DREAM Act reduces the deficit.
9. Comprehensive immigration reform would create jobs.
10. Comprehensive immigration reform would increase (Any State’s) GDP.

But don’t take my word for it. You can check out these Ten Ways Immigrants Help Build and Strengthen the Economy in this new blog from the White House. Full details given by Jason Furman and Danielle Gray.

Closer to home, even our own Office for Budget Responsibility has a new report out today that shows how welcoming more immigrants to the United Kingdom can mean fewer cuts and smaller tax rises. Ben Chu gives his analysis in his blog for the Independent.

Comments by Pat Elsmie, migrant and social activist.