Boris Johnson Suggests Freezing Migrants’ Benefits for 2 Years
London Mayor Boris Johnson believes immigrants should be banned from claiming benefits in Britain for two years.
“If you want to come and work here, you can do that, but there should be a period before which you can claim all benefits,” Johnson told London radio station LBC.
“It seems entirely reasonable to me that they should extend that to two years.”
“My general view on this is: get a grip on illegal immigration. Crack down on that,” he added.
According to the Mayor of London, Britain “acts as a magnet” whose home countries’ benefit systems are much less generous.
All remaining EU labor restrictions for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens were lifted on January 1.
At the end of last year UK PM David Cameron's cabinet announced a crackdown on so-called "benefit tourism", citing fears over mass immigration from Bulgaria and Romania.
The series of measures proposed by David Cameron's cabinet include the restriction on new immigrants who will not get out-of-work benefits for the first three months and payments will be stopped after six months unless they have a "genuine" chance of a job.
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