World Bulletin / News Desk
UK Prime Minister David Cameron is proposing to tighten immigration rules in an attempt to stop so–called ‘benefits tourism,’ with the new rules meaning that European migrant workers entering the UK would not be able to claim housing benefits and would have to wait three months before applying for jobseekers allowance.
In an article for the Financial Times, the Prime Minister laid out his concerns ahead of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens having the same right to work in the UK from January 1.
In the article, Cameron questioned the idea of free movement within the EU by writing, "We are changing the rules so that no one can come to this country and expect to get out of work benefits immediately.”
EU migrants will only be allowed to claim jobseekers allowance for a maximum of six months unless they can prove they have a genuine prospect of employment. Any EU migrants caught begging or sleeping rough will be banned from the UK for a year.
The Financial Times said, “We need to face the fact that free movement has become a trigger for vast population movements caused by huge disparities in income."
“So Britain, as part of our plan to reform the EU, will now work with others to return the concept of free movement to a more sensible basis.”
Expressing that he wants to change the way new countries gain entry into the EU, Cameron proposed that a new country must reach an economic output per head before being allowed to have “free movement.”
Noting that he does not see a new country joining the EU in the near future, he added, "Bringing new countries in to give them peace and prosperity remains one of the EU’s greatest strengths. It will be many years, perhaps a decade, before another country joins.”
David Cameron’s Conservative party has recently come under attack by the right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP) which is known for its anti-European Union stance. This Prime Minister's new move may be aimed at counteracting the ground gained by UKIP in recent by-elections.Last Mod: 27 Kasım 2013, 12:59