Saturday October 20,2012
By Martyn Brown
AN EU plot to lure migrants to Britain’s job market by offering them gifts of over £1,000 triggered outrage last night.
Thousands could be given travel expenses and their moving costs to entice them to work in the UK under the European Commission scheme.
Each hopeful would get £250 to help them get an interview and £830 to cover relocation costs if they are offered a job.
Brussels says the taxpayer-funded scheme will enable thousands of youngsters from across the EU to find work here – and British workers will be able to use it to get work in Europe too.
But critics fear it will bring an influx of youngsters from countries with high unemployment, like Spain and Greece.
The plan reignites the debate over the need to give British jobs to British workers and comes at a time when a million UK youngsters are unemployed.
The scheme is aimed at matching jobseekers aged 18 to 30 with suitable vacancies.
It is being piloted in Spain – where youth unemployment is over 50 per cent – Germany, Denmark and Italy but Brussels plans to extend it EU-wide.
The Commission said the programme is part of its Youth on the Move and Youth Opportunities initiatives.
A spokesman said: “The job’s target for 2012-13 is to help some 5,000 people to fill job vacancies throughout the EU. Activities are starting in 2012.”
Figures show migrants have already forced tens of thousands of Britons out of work, thanks to Labour’s open door immigration policy.
Prime Minister David Cameron wants the EU to rewrite rules that allow Europeans to take jobs here
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