Recent UCL reports find that, in general, immigrants are not above average users of social housing or benefits. That is partly because few of them are eligible for pensions, though they will be in due course.
However, that is not really the point. It is the numbers, two million more people settling in the UK than moving abroad over the last ten years, rather than the character of those coming in, that drives rises in unemployment and living costs.
It is also the numbers settling in England particularly, adding to what is one of Europe’s most densely population countries, that contribute to congestion and rising infrastructure requirements.