Honeypot Britain: do EU nationals come to the UK for benefits?

The image of the benefits-scrounging migrant is potent, but there is no evidence that this is widespread, say Catherine Barnard, Professor in EU and employment law at the University of Cambridge, and Amy Ludlow, College Lecturer and Affiliated Faculty Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. Migrants come to work and make lives, not to get a free ride. This piece is part of the UCL European … Continue reading Honeypot Britain: do EU nationals come to the UK for benefits?

The EU deal – what does it mean for immigration and benefits?

Jonathan Portes, Principal Research Fellow at NIESR, and a Senior Fellow of UK in a Changing Europe, takes a closer look at David Cameron’s EU deal, and asks what impact it may have on immigration to the UK, free movement of EU citizens, and the contested issue of access to in work benefits in the UK. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, wrote … Continue reading The EU deal – what does it mean for immigration and benefits?

Free movement, welfare tourism and refugees

Ian Preston, Deputy Director of CReAM and Professor of Economics at UCL, puts forward the case for freedom of movement within the European Union. He explains how freedom of movement and economic migration is important for a dynamic and innovative economy, but it also brings with it redistributive considerations that cannot be ignored. At a time when many politicians conflate economic migration and asylum-seeking refugees, he … Continue reading Free movement, welfare tourism and refugees