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The Roma Are Coming: 100,000 Migrants To Live On UK Benefits

BACK in 2004, when the EU enlarged,  in 2004, transitional arrangements barred new arrivals from claiming dole. Workers were allowed to come and work, and only once they had worked continuously for 12 months could they qualify for benefits.

It was a huge deal. Tony Blair, the then Prime Minister, salved fears about mass immigration by stating:

“No one will be able to come to the UK from anywhere in the enlarged European Union simply to claim benefits or housing”.

Of course, this being Tony Blair, the truth was little less black and white. There is a time limit on the rules that would be applicable for seven years from 1 May 2004.

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Posted: 4th, March 2011 | In: Politicians | Comment