Friday October 12,2012
By Emily Fox
The EU has called for all its migrants to be allowed to claim benefits
THE EU has called for all migrants entering Britain to be eligible to claim benefits without having to pass a test, it has been revealed.
EU officials have claimed that Britain is the only country within the EU that calls for immigrants to pass a test to prove they are residents who have paid tax and legally reside in the country.
Now the EU is insisting that all European migrants should be allowed to claim benefits in Britain.
The demands are part of the continuing row with Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith who claims that if there was not a test immigrants could enter Britain and claim benefits from day one.
It follows a move by Home Secretary Theresa May which calls for border controls to be introduced to block European immigrants flocking to Britain.
The move is part of the freedom of movement directive, which allows 500million people to move freely between member states, is under now review as part of a study into Britain’s relationship with Brussels.
Ms May revealed it would look at immigration controls.
She said: "We are looking at this whole area of the abuse of the freedom of movement. But we will go further on this, and the issue of free movement will be part of the review."
Meanwhile sources in the EU told the Telegraph: "An acceptable solution would be that the UK applies the same criteria as the 26 other member states.
"We've not made a lot of progress. Nobody is suggesting that the UK should pay out benefits to anyone who just turns up. But they should be paying social security to people who've paid taxes."
Last night a spokesman for the Department of Work and Pensions said: "The EU has no right to interfere in this way and we will continue fighting it."
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