Migrants contribute more to welfare than they receive

This chart shows REMINDER analysis demonstrating that the impact of an average EU migrant household on public finances (fiscal impact) was positive — meaning they contributed more than they received — during the ten-year period between 2005 and 2015. 

The REMINDER team classified EU countries in terms of five different welfare regimes (Basic security; Continental corporatist; Mediterranean corporatist; State insurance; and Universal) with differing levels of ‘generosity’. Importantly, the team didn’t find evidence that more ‘generous’ welfare states led to worse net-effects to public finances from EU immigration. 

The chart also shows the impact of the financial crisis on the fiscal impact of EU migrants — the biggest impact of the economic crisis was in the ‘basic security’ regimes of the UK, Ireland and Malta.

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