Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed new measures which came into force this week to limit EU jobseekers' access to benefits.
The reforms will mean that EU migrants who arrive in the UK as jobseekers will only be able to claim benefits for three months as opposed to six months. After three months, any EU migrant claiming Jobseeker's Allowance will have a 'genuine prospect of work' test and if they don't have an imminent job offer, they could lose their benefits and right to reside in the UK as a jobseeker.
Speaking in support of the measures, Caroline said:
"It is right that EU migrants should come to the UK to work and contribute, not to claim benefits funded by hardworking British taxpayers. I am pleased that these reforms will tighten up our welfare system for EU citizens and ensure that migrants aren't simply enticed to our shores by the attractiveness of a benefits system that British workers couldn't expect in other countries."
These new measures are the latest in a series of Government reforms in the last 12 months to ensure that EU migrants come to the EU to work.