Busting the myths about immigration

By Jonathan Bartley
April 7, 2010

The Migration Parliamentary Group has produced two fact-sheets prior to the election to help deliver a more balanced debate.

Each fact-sheet challenges one big myth surrounding migration, which is often repeated in public debate, with links to research:

Myth 1: Countries like the UK support a disproportionate number of migrants

The factsheet is here: http://www.connectpa.co.uk/downloads/mpg_mythbusting_factsheet1.pdf

For further reading:

Centre of Economic Performance, ‘Immigration: The Evidence from Economic Research’ (2005)
http://cep.lse.ac.uk/briefings/ea_wadsworth.pdf

Home Office – Control of Immigration:Quarterly Statistical Summary United Kingdom (October – December 2009)
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs10/immiq409.pdf

Shelter: Immigration and Housing (2008)
http://england.shelter.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/132030/Factshe...

OECD Annual Report: International Migration Outlook (2008)
http://www.oecd.org/document/3/0,3343,en_2649_33931_41241219_1_1_1_37415...

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialised Countries First Half 2009:
http://www.unhcr.org/4adebca49.html

Statistical overview of asylum applications lodged in Europe and selected non-European countries (2009)
http://www.unhcr.org/4adebca49.html

Myth 2: Migrants take more from the economy that they put in

Factsheet here:

http://www.connectpa.co.uk/downloads/mpg_mythbusting_factsheet2.pdf

For further reading:

Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (University College London), ‘Assessing the fiscal Costs and Benefits of A8 Migration to the UK’ (July 2009) http://www.econ.ucl.ac.uk/cream/pages/CDP/CDP_18_09.pdf

Centre for Economic Performance, ‘Immigration: The Evidence from Economic Research’ (2005)
http://cep.lse.ac.uk/briefings/ea_wadsworth.pdf

Institute of Public Policy Research, ‘Britain’s Immigrants: An Economic Profile’ (2007)
http://www.ippr.org.uk/members/download.asp?f=/ecomm/files/britains_migr...

Home Office – Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary United Kingdom (October – December 2009)
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs10/immiq409.pdf

Department of Work and Pensions: The Impact of Migration from the New European Union Member States on Native Workers (June 2008)
http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/wp_abstracts/wpa_05...

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