Illegal Immigration Could Be Costing Taxpayers £18 Billion Yearly
By John Bean.
According to a recent OECD report ‘2011 International Migration Outlook’ the UK receives the highest amount of immigration in Europe and amongst 25 top nations world-wide it is only surpassed by the USA.
In 2009, Britain received 397,000 legal immigrants and the USA 1.1 million. However, the USA population is 311 million, but the UK has only one fifth this amount at 62 million. Therefore we are the world’s most immigration-affected country per head of population. And this does not include the ever growing number of illegal immigrants and their drain upon the nation’s economy.
Figures supplied from an American source indicate that the many services that are supplied to illegal immigrants in the USA comes to $338.3 billion dollars, which is approximately £220 billion pounds. The illegal immigrant population is officially put at 12 million, but a Bear Stearns report say it could be as high as 20 million.
In Britain a London School of Economics report in March 2009 said the illegal immigrant total could be around 1 million. Others believe it to be higher, particularly if descendants are included. Using the official illegal population figures for both countries and the U.S. total cost of services used by illegals we can assume that the cost to British taxpayers brought about by our illegal immigrants must be at least £18 billion – £18,000,000,000 – a year. This does not include the costs incurred by unemployed legal immigrants and their descendants.
This is more than twice the £7 billion welfare cuts that the Chancellor George Osborne has introduced since last October.
If it wasn’t for the lack of immigration control by past Labour and Conservative governments and the present Coalition – despite its hypocritical claims to be tackling the problem, there would be no need for the cuts in our NHS service, increasing students university fees, reducing local council services, clipping pensioners winter fuel allowances, slashing child benefit allowances, or even having to put up VAT to 20%. Unemployment would have been well below two million by now.
From £18 billion we could have even afforded to keep our Armed Forces at their past strength (for use in UK interests only) and keep the Ark Royal aircraft carrier and its Harriers until the new carriers are ready. In fact, we would be quite a well off nation.
It should be noted that our trade competitors in Asia, such as Japan, India and certainly China have no records of having illegal immigrants and very, very few legal ones
Following is the breakdown of the U.S. figures on costs incurred through services to their illegal immigrants and from which we have calculated UK costs. Importantly, they contain the source reference to verify each given cost.
The Costs to the USA of Illegal Immigration
1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by individual American state governments.
2. $22 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, etc, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid (US equivalent of NHS services) for illegals.
4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal immigrants, known as anchor babies.
6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal immigrants.
8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
9. $200 Billion dollars a year in estimated suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
10. In 2006, illegals sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin.
11. The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One million sex crimes committed by Illegal Immigrants in the United States.
The total cost is a whopping $338.3 billion dollars, ($338,300,000,000) which would be enough to stimulate the economy for the citizens of the United States.