Immigrants are far less likely to claim benefits than those born in England.
New figures from the Department for Work and Pensions have revealed the number of people with non-UK birthplaces who claim working age benefits across the country as of February 2016.
As many as 333,134 non-UK born people in England were claiming these benefits , which include Jobseeker’s Allowance.
This equates to 8.5% of all the working age benefit claimants in the country, according to the DWP.
Separate figures, also released today, show that as many as 14.7% of England’s population is made up of people who weren’t born in the UK.
That suggests the proportion of immigrants claiming benefits in the country is far lower than the non-immigrant population.
The findings were so stark that only five of the 369 local authority areas for which there were figures showed a larger proportion of migrants claiming benefits than migrants in the population.
In each of these five cases the margin was half a percentage point or less.
Figures show the percentage of immigrants claiming benefits, while the percentage of the population born overseas is shown in brackets:
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