EUROPE: Will migrants contribute?

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You have recently published several letters linked to the topic of the EU referendum, (Northumberland Gazette, June 30).

One of your correspondents seems to have put his faith in continuing high levels of immigration in order to maintain the stability of our welfare state.

However, it is not clear if he has considered what attitude young, working migrants will adopt once they have become established and gained the vote.

Will they really be happy to pay the benefits of older people who are not their ancestors and who may not speak like them, or even look like them?

This topic is discussed in Christopher Caldwell’s book Reflections on the Revolution in Europe.

Another correspondent thinks it may now be opportune for ‘communities who have not benefited from globalisation’ to receive attention, but frankly I cannot see that the present Government, or any future Government, will be in a position to do this.

GL Hopper,

Mariners Court,