Migration Advisory Committee final report: European Economic Area Migration in the UK

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
    services.

Read the full report (pdf).