EU top court: migrants can be refused benefits for first 3 months of residence

February 26, 2016 12:15 AM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

In a landmark judgement, the EU Court of Justice today confirmed that EU migrants can be refused social benefits during their first three months of residence under EU law.

The case related to a Spanish family in Germany that was refused subsistence benefits when they arrived in the country.

Catherine Bearder MEP, spokesperson for the Liberal Democrat EU referendum campaign:

"This quashes the myth that someone can turn up to the UK and claim benefits from day one.

"Freedom to move in the EU does not mean the freedom to claim.

"The vast majority of EU migrants living in our country work hard, contribute taxes and make a net contribution to the public purse."