Immigration: 'This isn't charity, the government need to provide services'

Katerina Lisenkova explains how the government needs to adapt to increased migration figures

Research suggests immigrants make a positive contribution to the public purse

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Economic researcher Doctor Katerina Lisenkova insists that immigrants make a positive contribution to the British economy and as a result deserve proper services from the government. 

Her comments come after the release of immigration figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), which show net long-term migration to the UK hit a record number of 333,000 people in 2015. Of this number - a rise of 20,000 from 2014 - 184,000 were EU citizens. 

With a higher population comes increased strain on services like social housing and schooling.

But Doctor Lisenkova, from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, insists that it is up to the government to adapt and meet the demands of a higher influx of people.

"This is not government charity, these are services," Dr Lisenkova told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"People who work pay for them, and the immigrants pay for them with taxes.

"We did a study and looked at the impact the immigrants have on the UK economy. In general we find they have a positive impact.

"There is a positive contribution to the public purse.

"They do contribute and they have the right to get the services. The question is how the planning [by the government] adjusts to the inflow of people."