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Figures revealed in a new report show that immigration brings enormous benefit to the UK economy. Migration Matters Trust say that halting net migration would cost every UK taxpayer £137,000 during their lifetime.

Office for Budget Responsibility figures analysed by the Migration Matters Trust reveals that if net migration were stopped today, the UK’s net public sector debt would soar from 74 per cent of GDP to 187 per cent within the next 50 years.

In just five years, public sector net debt would rocket by £18bn, the equivalent of 5p on the basic rate of income tax, the research shows.

The trust, made up of a cross-party pro-migration group, confirms what Immigration Matters has been saying for years: “migrants contributed more to the economy through tax than they took in benefits”.

The research follows announcements of tougher immigration policies, including barring free access to NHS and council housing for those from outside the EU in prior to the relaxation of UK work restrictions for Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants next year.

An article in The Daily Telegraph last week by the anti-immigration duo, Labour MP Frank Field and the Conservative Nicholas Soames, called for a halt on immigration from other EU countries into the UK during periods of high unemployment.

Atul Hatwal, director of the Migration Matters Trust, said: “The British economy cannot sustain itself without migrant labour. By all means let’s discuss the issue of immigration openly. But once you set aside the rhetoric and the hyperbole, you’re left with a simple truth – Britain cannot afford to shut its doors to migrant workers.”

During periods of high immigration under the Blair government the economy was growing. When the present Government started to impose immigration “crackdowns” on work permit holders, high skilled migrants and international students, the economy went into recession.

The Government, still struggling to deal with the massive banking crisis debts it inherited from Labour, has yet to kick start the UK economy.

Instead of Ministers blaming immigrants for the country’s recession or worrying about “Romanian and Bulgarian immigration causing a housing shortage” the Government should be allowing the private sector to build more houses and stimulate economic growth.

Prehistoric planning laws and red tape are literally choking the development of housing, business expansion and free schools.

Finally, the almost defunct UK Border Agency needs to get off the backs of international students, UK Universities and colleges  and allowing a once thriving multi-billion pound export industry to start growing again.

If you have been arrested or detained, need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Tier 1, 2, Tier 4, applying for university if your college has closed, Spouse Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, Dependant Visa or an appeal against a refusal, or if you have been waiting for a reply from the Home Office for longer than a year, please email: or visit for free immigration news updates.

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Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 or email:

Highly Trusted provider Spinnaker College are holding OPEN DAYS at their London study centre on the 8th and 9th April. In country Tier 4 and EU students, such as Romanians and Bulgarians, as well as those with issue with their previous college are welcome.

Qualified legal advisers will be on hand for free immigration consultations to in-country students affected by the closure of their college.

To register for this FREE event, email: or call 0795 747 0180 to speak to a student adviser.

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