An EU report has revealed that more than 600,000 unemployed EU immigrants are currently living in Britain, costing the country £billions in services and benefits.
The report was commissioned by László Andor, the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, and obtained by the Sunday Telegraph, which reported the details over the weekend.
According to that paper, the study found that:
• The number of “non-active” EU migrants in Britain has risen by 42 per cent between 2006 and 2012;
• 611,779 “non-active” EU migrants were living in Britain last year, up from 431,687 just six years ago. The total is equivalent to the population of Glasgow;
• The number of EU migrants coming to Britain without a job increased by 73 per cent in the three years to 2011;
• The current annual cost to the NHS of “non-active” EU migrants is estimated at £1.5 billion (€1.8 billion);
• In contrast, the estimated cost to France’s health system of “non-active” EU migrants is a fraction of that to the NHS, at just £3.4 million.
The paper is also reporting that Andor – who edited a socialist magazine for 16 years before taking on the £212,000+ Commissioner post – is planning to take the British government to court in Europe to prevent it passing laws designed to make Britain less attractive to benefit tourists.
Britain’s welfare system is particularly attractive to foreigners, because, unlike that of most other European countries, it’s administered on a means-tested basis rather than requiring proof of previous national insurance payments. But this wasn’t always the way.
When our welfare system was launched in 1949, people had to have paid in before the system would pay out. Extra ’emergency funds’ were available to young people or anyone else who hadn’t previously worked, but were a tiny sum, designed to make ends meet for a short while until a job could be found. We need to return to this principle – or risk national bankruptcy. Let’s not forget that the deficit is on the rise again, and the welfare bill is government’s biggest financial liability.
With much of the southern Eurozone seeing unemployment figures in the mid 20’s, and nearly 20million unemployed across the Eurozone as a whole, it’s little wonder that Britain’s welfare system looks attractive to those abroad. And if they can get a job here instead, so much the better.
Meanwhile, social housing is oversubscribed by as much as x1000 in some places, parents are struggling to find school places for their children, and the NHS is groaning under the strain of catering for the increasing demand on a stagnant budget.
What’s worse is that these problems are swept under the carpet by EU officials more interested in building their socialist dream than the reality of the European peoples’ lives. Safe within the fortress of the European Parliaments in Brussels and Strasbourg, they are insulated from the fallout of their crazy redistribution policies. But for how long?