UK Slashing Benefits for Immigrants

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON – Prime Minister David Cameron says migrants from Europe will have to leave Britain if they don’t get a job within six months, and must work for four years before receiving some benefits — moves he hopes will defuse criticism over his immigration policies.

Immigration has become an increasingly bitter issue in Britain. The right-wing UK Independence Party has been gaining support with calls to curb migration and leave the EU, which allows citizens of its 28 countries to live and work across the bloc.

Cameron has promised to wrest more control from the EU.

He said Friday that freedom of movement within Europe is not “an unqualified right.”

“If an EU jobseeker has not found work within six months, they will be required to leave,” he said. — ArabNews

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