The preponderance of data shows that immigration and socialism are incompatible …
A 2017 study from the National Academies of Sciences , Engineering , and Medicine found that although America’s immigrant population is ( theoretically ) revenue-neutral , most immigrants are actually a drain on the system. The economic impact of immigrants follows a Pareto distribution. Commonly known as the 80:20 Rule , this just means that a hyper-productive few immigrants provide most of the economic gains, while the majority of immigrants contribute ( less than ) nothing.
Specifically , half of all immigrants actually receive more in government handouts than they pay in taxes , while another third contribute roughly as much as they receive. Only ~15 percent of immigrants contribute to the economy in a meaningful way. Cassidy ( Author of an article about the above study ) overlooks the significance of this non-linear data :
if immigration as a whole is revenue-neutral , then increasing the immigration rate will do nothing to save the welfare system. When it comes to immigration , less is more.
Other major studies reach similar conclusions. For example , a study conducted by Denmark’s Ministry of Finance found that immigrants are a net drain on the nation’s welfare state. In fact, non-E.U. immigrants , and their descendants , consumed 59 percent of the tax surplus collected from native Danes. This is not surprising, since some 84 percent of all welfare recipients in Denmark are immigrants , or their descendants.
Another major study from the University College of London found that immigrants in the U.K. consumed far more in welfare than they paid in taxes. The study looked at the Labor government’s mass immigration push between 1995 and 2011. The researchers found that immigrants from the European Economic Area made a small but positive net contribution to the British economy of £4.4 billion during the period. However , non-European immigrants ( primarily from South Asia , the Middle East and Africa ) cost the British economy a net £120 billion.
Together , these studies show that mass immigration undermines domestic welfare systems for the simple fact that most immigrants take more than they give.