facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Britain to curb benefits for EU migrants

Feb. 18, 2004 at 12:46 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The British cabinet has agreed on limitations of benefits for immigrants from former Iron Curtain countries, The Independent reported Wednesday.

The rules were in response to fears of being swamped with job seekers when 10 countries accede to the European Union May 1.

The cabinet agreed economic migrants would be banned from claiming benefits in Britain for up to two years after the EU expands. The previous proposal was to prevent new migrants from claiming housing benefits and income support for at least six months.

Andrew Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said despite the late timing of the decision, it had been anticipated for some time.

"The need to produce these regulations has been intended all along," Smith said. "We are not having a panic."

The formula will be announced in Parliament Monday.

France, Germany and Italy have also announced similar programs to prevent a flood of impoverished immigrants after May 1.

Topics: Andrew Smith
© 2004 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Northrop Grumman developing reusable space plane for lifting spacecraft into orbit
2
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State
3
Construction on Russian gas line to China slated for September
4
Texas man on trial for 'public execution' of drunk driver
5
Brady Morton still missing after booze-soaked rafting trip
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback