Rejoice – immigration is driving our economic growth. Or so it is alleged in this report on the ever reliable BBC.

“Immigrants from eastern Europe have added almost £5bn to Britain’s economy since 2004, according to a new report. The National Institute for Economic and Social Research says 700,000 people moved to the UK after their former communist homelands joined the EU. It believes they drove up British GDP by 0.38% in the years to 2009, the equivalent of £4.91bn.”

If only we had allowed even more to come in – just think of the rich economic benefits we could have enjoyed. Thank goodness for the totally impartial NIESR and the BBC for sharing this good news.
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  1. john in cheshire says:

    I’d rather trust Migrationwatch’s assessments on this subject.


  2. Span Ows says:

    And GDP per capita? I wonder if that also goes up. 


  3. Maturecheese says:

    My son was recently robbed by 4 Poles and only last week an elderly couple were brutally murdered, apparently by three Poles.  I wonder if the cost of mass immigration is taken into account by the BBC.


  4. Philip says:

    Did anyone else notice the misrepresentation of MW as ‘anti-immigration lobbyists’?  
    Subtle, but ever, reliable..



    So, the UK GDP was pushed up by a mere 0.38%, yet the population increased by more than 1%.
    Thus, immigration reduced GDP per head.
    Recently, the Danes did a survey, as reported at my blog and der Spiegel.
    They found immigration from Western Countries provided some economic benefit, but from elsewhere, there wasa huge cost running into the billions.
    Googling the subject, I found reports of immigration costing each household 350 quid a week.

    We should remember, all Liarbore’s mass immigration achieved was to put downward pressure on wages for the working class, while putting up their hosuing costs.
    Immigration was Liarbore’s big attack on the working class.
    And then we must also consider the Islamic extremism issue.


  6. john says:

    700,000 people moved to the UK from former Soviet Block countries according to NIESR.
    Let’s assume half of them got jobs (why not ? I can bandy figures about as well).
    So 350,000 jobs have by magic been created whilst having no effect on those already here looking for work.
    Therefore £1bn a year added to the economy might need reworking if you take out those who lost their jobs and the Eastern Europeans enjoying the Alton Towers of a benefits system hitherto unimaginable back “home”.

    Net gain pa. for the UK ?  About 10 quid I would imagine.


    • London Calling says:

      No one counts the social costs into the equation, so desperate they are to “come up with the right answer”.

      In two to three years time you wont be able to find a London school place – all those Africans pushing baby buggies are looking forward to payback for their sh+_t low pay jobs – £6,000 a year state school place for each of their three kids, thank you Britain.

      NHS £1,000 a year average per capita cost. When they say they coming here for a better life, they are not kidding – it’s at your expense.

      Then there’s housing. Amazing how many impoverished Somalis can afford to live in Camden and Islington. Open back door to Britain, free money help yourself. Subsidised social housing. That’s subsidised – by you.

      Benefit in GDP my arse. These propagandists couldn’t count the fingers on their hands without help from their toes,


  7. George R says:

    Camp of the Saints: The Invasion

    -they’re not ‘migrants’ from Islamic North Africa: they’re invaders.

    (INBBC: please note.)