The Migration Advisory Committee have published their final report (pdf) which assesses the impact of the European Economic Area (EEA) migration on a wide range of areas including: the labour market; public services and communities.
The report finds:
- Migrants have no or little impact on the overall employment and unemployment outcomes of the UK born workforce
- The impact may vary across different UK-born groups with more negative effects for the lower-skilled and more positive effects for the higher-skilled
- On innovation, the available evidence suggests that high-skilled immigrants make a positive contribution to the levels of innovation in the receiving country
- Migration has increased house prices. The impacts of migration on house prices cannot, however, be seen in isolation from other government policies
- EEA migrants pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits
- EEA migrants contribute much more to the health service and the provision of social care in financial resources and through work than they consume in