Bulgarian and Romanian migrants are likely to pay more taxes and make a greater contribution to the economy than British "natives", a government minister has suggested.
Earl Attlee, a Tory heridatary peer and Home Office spokesman in the House of Lords, said he "broadly agreed" that over the past decade EU migrants have benefited "every taxpayer in this country".
He also agreed that there is "every probability that hard working Romanians and Bulgarians will follow in the same footsteps".
It came after Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, said that lower economic growth is a price worth paying to radically cut immigration.
He said that the social consequences of high levels of immigration are so dire that Britain would be a better place if it were poorer but had tighter border controls. He proposed a five-year moratorium on people settling permanently in Britain.