But large amounts of the total benefits bill are paid to people in work, in particular tax credits and housing benefit.
Research shows that some migrant groups are much more likely to be claiming these key benefits than the general population.
This paper outlines the many myths that are put forward by the mass immigration lobby in support of the current levels of immigration and dispels each myth in turn.
For many years the Labour government claimed that immigration added £6 billion a year to GDP.
It can be deliberately promoted as an act of policy, as happened especially under the Labour governments between 19, or it can be controlled, given the right enforcement infrastructure, investment and political will.
Many nations around the world show that it is possible to control frontiers effectively while also benefiting from immigration policies that both favour skills and promote integration.The same study claimed that East European migrants contributed £5 billion to the Exchequer between 20.However that calculation was based on the assumption that they paid, from the moment of their arrival, corporate and business taxes at the same rate as lifelong UK residents.Excluding island states and city states like Singapore, England is the eighth most crowded country in the world, just behind India and nearly twice as crowded as Germany and three and a half times as crowded as France.The British Social Attitudes Survey has found that 77% of the public wish to see immigration reduced, 56% by a lot.This makes it imperative that the government seeks some practical solution to EU migration in any future renegotiation.Some commentators argue that population pressures in Africa and the Middle East mean mass migration is an unstoppable force and so governments should just get out of the way and let it happen.Nonetheless, according to the House of Lords Economic Committee “the fiscal impact (of immigration) is small compared to GDP and cannot be used to justify large-scale immigration”.However, the presumption of even a small fiscal benefit has been comprehensively overturned by a UCL study published in 2014 which found the fiscal impact of migrants in the UK between 19 was in fact a net cost of between £115 and £160 billion that is between £19 and £26 million per day.Over the last 10 years it has averaged 240,000 a year; if it continues at that level the UK population will reach 70 million in 2023 and 80 million by 2046.The net migration target was an extremely useful tool for focusing government policy without which net migration today would be considerably higher.