Cameron under pressure to follow Germany with EU migrant crackdown


DAVID Cameron is under pressure to get tougher on EU benefit tourism as Germany vowed to expel all foreign welfare cheats.

A barrage of measures to curb an influx from Romania and Bulgaria was unveiled yesterday in Berlin.

They include a “who lies, flies” rule to deport foreigners caught fiddling the German welfare system – then banning them from returning for five years.

UK MPs last night called on the Prime Minister to introduce

the same rule here. Tory MP David Nuttall said: “If Germany can do this, why can’t we?

“If people come to the country to commit fraud against the welfare system then they should be deported, regardless of what the European Court of Justice might think.

“Why should we provide a home for people who rob the state and struggling taxpayers?”

Former Labour welfare minister Frank Field said the rule should cover all foreign crooks, not just welfare cheats, adding: “They should be taken from the court and deported.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government launched the crackdown amid growing anger as it emerged the number of Romanians and Bulgarians arriving in Germany since freedom-of-movement rules were relaxed at the start of the year has soared by 80 per cent.

German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said the measures will be in force next year. Ministers insist that some migrants pretend to be self-employed to claim supplementary benefits or child benefit, while some claim for up to 14 children in a single family.

EU migrants who make false or incomplete statements about their residency status could be jailed for up to three years.

And any EU citizens seeking a residency permit of more than six months must demonstrate they have prospects for a job.

In Whitehall, Department for Work and Pensions officials said jobless EU migrants caught begging or sleeping rough can already be deported and banned from returning within a year. From November, EU migrants cannot claim jobseeker’s allowance for longer than three months.

Last year the Daily Express led a crusade to try to stop the Coalition relaxing work permit restrictions on Romania and Bulgaria.

It pressed ahead regardless. As a result, 13,000 more migrants from the two countries came to Britain between April and June this year compared to the same period in 2013.



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