May 10, 2013
On 9 May – Europe Day, fittingly – the Sun published this letter from Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Commissioner, László Andor, referring to this article, “UK must take jobless immigrants from around Europe“.
The European Commission’s latest proposal concerns workers, not “dole migrants” (The Sun, 27 April).
In a good example to other newspapers, The Sun published the letter without the kind of distorting editing of our right to reply that we have often seen in the past from several newspapers (see earlier posts). We thank them for this
It would be nice to think all media would now stop regurgitating the fallacy that EU rules mean EU migrants can turn up in the UK and immediately claim out of work benefits.
EU rules say nothing of the sort and the frequent repetition of this claim by many media and other sources has meant the public has been misinformed on what is a very important current debate in parliament and in the country.
The real facts – on all types of benefits and EU rules on them, as well as the limits to the right of free movement itself – are here:
Tags:benefits, EU law, EU migration, welfare