Business Secretary Vince Cable has this week been supporting controlled immigration to UK by highlighting the positive impact it has on British society.
Cable’s comments further support conclusions reached by the University College of London, who released figures from a long-running study showing that immigrants from the EEA actually contributed £8.8bn more than they received in benefits.
The report stated: “Analysis suggests that rather than being a drain on the UK’s fiscal system, immigrants arriving since the early 2000s have made substantial net contributions to [the UK’s] public finances, a reality that contrasts starkly with the view often maintained in public debate.”
This information supersedes claims from the UK Independence Party suggesting that immigrants are ‘a financial burden on the British economy’; as the study also highlighted that native Britons pose a significant deficit in comparison.
According to information from the Office of National Statistics there are roughly 8 million non-UK born residents living in England and Wales. Newcastle, the city with the largest population in the North East of the country, has a considerable proportion of residents either non-British (9%) or born outside of the UK (11%). This is higher than the North East average, and enquiries into immigration advice in Newcastle are frequently directed to specialist firms, such as our team at David Gray Solicitors LLP.
In addition to being renowned for our work in immigration, asylum, and nationality law, we are quite often the first port of call for those looking for legal advice Newcastle, alongside UK visa advice for migrants or prospective migrants.
Our firm deals with a number of sensitive situations regarding immigration, which are often made worse by the mis-portrayal of immigrant productivity in the tabloids and UKIP agendas.
A main concern for many seeking asylum or migrant status is the potential for deportation or removal from the country under certain circumstances. Reasons for these actions include a person entering the UK illegally, overstaying their visa or committing a criminal offence, in which case specialist legal advice should be sought immediately. At David Gray Solicitors we can also advise those who seek asylum for fear of returning to their own country, or those who have had a visa application refused.