A few facts and projections from the Institute for Public Policy Research's comprehensive report:
Workers from the eight eastern Eruopean countries joining the EU in 2004 are registered in every local authority in the UK although many come to the UK on a temporary or seasonal basis. According to the report, the employment rate among citizens of the new EU member states in Britain is 84% the highest of all immigrant groups and 9% higher than the UK-born average.
Very few claim state benefits. Of those registering for national insurance numbers since 2004, only 2.4% did so to claim benefits.
Immigrants from the new EU countries work on average 46 hours per week, four hours longer per week than UK-born workers.
Fewer people from the new EU states will come to the UK in the coming months and years, and more of those currently here will return home.
Half of the 1 million eastern Europeans who have come to Britain since 2004 have already gone home. This was due to:
-- Economic development in the new EU countries since 2004
-- Immigrants heading to other EU countries instead of Britain as those countries loosen their immigration restrictions
-- Falling birth rates in post-enlargement countries in the 1980s, which means there is a shrinking of the pool of likely migrants
-- Devaluation of the pound (by about 1/4 against the Polish zloty since 2004), which narrows the gap between earnings in Britain and Poland.
The IPPR notes that "those migrants that remain in the long term are likely to be the best qualified and most aspirational. [...] those who are likely to stay in the UK will move up the career ladder. As they find their feet and improve their English, more Poles will want to pursue their professions than pluck poultry in the future."