21 Nov 2014

Immigration News Update

European Court ruling on unemployment benefits

The European Court of Justice recently ruled that a Romanian woman who had emigrated to Germany was not entitled to unemployment benefits because she had made no effort to find a job. This ruling could have implications in that richer countries can limit access to welfare benefits for citizens from poorer ones within European Union (“EU”).

Whilst Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the ruling, suggesting that it would curb “benefits tourism”, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel insisted that freedom of movement within EU was not negotiable. While the ruling is limited in scope, it may provide some political cover to some EU governments which have complained of “welfare tourism”.

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