Earned Citizenship

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:31 pm on 20th February 2008.

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Photo of Evan Harris Evan Harris Shadow Minister, Innovation, Universities and Skills 12:31 pm, 20th February 2008

The Home Secretary's Green Paper says that

"Migrants are on average net fiscal"

—I think she means financial—

"contributors", presumably after the impact on public services is taken into account. Has she provided any evidence to meet the view that migrants are a drain on public services? If not, how can she justify an extra tax on such migrants, who are net contributors? Is not that just prejudice-based policy, rather than evidence-based policy?