David Cameron will pledge today that new EU migrants will lose most benefits unless they can prove they have been continuously looking for work over that period. This comes has the Prime Minister looks to stop so-called “benefit tourists” settling within the UK.
Currently there is no limit on how long migrants from the European Economic Area – the EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – can claim unemployment benefits while looking for a job.
It is not clear exactly what rule changes are being proposed, but No 10 says the ability to speak English is set to be one of the criteria for having a “genuine chance of finding work”.
David Cameron will say he wants to “create a system that is fair so that we support the aspirations of hard-working people who want to get on in life.
“Ending the something for nothing culture needs to apply to immigration as well as welfare. We’re going to give migrants from the European Economic Area a very clear message. Just like British citizens, there is no absolute right to unemployment benefit.”