|Series Title||BBC News|
The United Kingdom Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith was reported in an article in the Sunday Times on the 12 January 2014 as saying that he was talking to other EU governments about trying to restrict access to welfare for EU citizens who moved to another EU Member State. Mr Duncan Smith said the UK, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Finland wanted to change EU law.
Later on the same day Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said it was 'sensible' to consider further curbs to the benefits EU migrants could claim. Also Rachel Reeves from Labour said the party might support proposals to extend period for which new migrants are unable to claim benefits.
William Hague and Kenneth Clarke clashed over EU immigration on 12 January 2014. The former chancellor dismissed claims that too many migrants have arrived from EU, saying they have made positive contribution.
On 13 January 2014, the EU Commission released guidelines on social benefit eligibility, calling debate as 'misguided'. On the 15 January 2014, EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso called for an open idea of Europe, away from narrow and "chauvinistic" perspectives which might be seen, according to EurActiv, as criticism to the British stances on the EU.
In January 2014, the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (University of Gothenburg) published a report whereby it showed that the UK would benefit from Bulgarian and Romanian migrants.
|Subject Categories||Employment and Social Affairs, Internal Markets|
|Countries / Regions||Europe, United Kingdom|