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sam39 posted..

Pedestrian: There is quite a lot of evidence that EU migrants do jobs that British workers will not do - particularly in Agriculture. But let me approach this question another way - are EU migrants taking jobs that British workers want? At present, the unemployment rate in the UK is 5% (that is the lowest since the late seventies despite the growth in the workforce), there are about 1.7M persons seeking employment - most of these are moving between jobs. EU migrants mainly work in agriculture, domestic service (office cleaning etc), retail, hospitality, and health and social care. These are mostly minimum wages jobs, some require hard physical labour, unsocial hours, and unpleasant duties. About 100000 EU migrants per year come to do these jobs. Many work for limited periods and return home. If British workers wanted these jobs, why are there vacancies available to EU migrants?
I know nothing about the Roma in Longsight.
The HMRC figures do not include Housing or Council Tax benefits. I can not find these figures broken down by nationality. I will make a generous guess that neither of these benefits is more than £500M in total - so I will give you an extra £1B (and do not forget the Benefits cap applied from April 2013), That reduces the net gain to the Treasury to £1.55B.