Our paper shows that A8 immigrants receive, on average, lower wages than UK-born workers despite their better educational background, in particular immediately after entering the UK. Why are they nevertheless net contributors to public finances? The reason is that they have a higher labour force participation rate (increasing the number of fiscal contributors), are likely to pay (proportionately) more in indirect taxes like VAT, and – most importantly – make much lower use of benefits and public services. For instance, in 2008-09 A8 immigrants represented 0.91% of the total UK population, but contributed to 0.96% of total tax receipts and accounted for only 0.6% of total expenditures.
Jeg lurer på om dette kan være et tema for masteroppgaven min. Norge har et ganske anderledes velferdsregime enn Storbritannia, så effekten av arbeidsinnvandringen kan også være anderledes.