IPPR research shows total revenue from immigrants grew in real terms from£33.8bn in 1999-00 to£41.2bn in 2003-04. This 22 per cent increase compares to a 6 per cent increase for the UK-born. The gap between the two contribution rates has been increasing in recent years as newer immigrants are filling vacancies in the higher-ends of the economy and paying more taxes.
* in 2003-4 for every£100 that the UK-born contributed to the exchequer, immigrants contributed£112. This is up from£105 for every£100 in 1999-00;
* immigrants made up 8.7 per cent of the population but accounted for 10.2 per cent of all income tax collected (2003-04);
* immigrants earn about 15 per cent more in average weekly income than UK-born; and
* each immigrant generated£7,203 in government revenue on average in 2003-04, compared to£6,861 per non-immigrant; similarly each immigrant accounted for£7,277 of government expenditure on average, compared to£7,753 per non-immigrant.
IPPR director Nick Pearce said:
'Our research shows that immigrants make an important fiscal contribution to the UK and pay more than their share. They are not a drain on the UK's resources.'
'Paying their way: the fiscal contribution of immigrants in the UK' by Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Laurence Cooley and Howard Reed, is available here.