Almost 92,000 Eastern Europeans who came to Britain looking for work are claiming tens of millions of pounds in state handouts, reported express.co.uk.
The flood of migrants cashing in on benefits is costing the taxpayer at least £102 million ($201 million) a year. And the bill will rise further as figures showed yesterday that 660 Eastern Europeans – more than 4,500 a week – are coming to the UK every day. The daily count includes 116 Romanians and Bulgarians who have flocked here since they joined the European Union in January. And in a devastating attack on Labor's open-door policy, business leaders yesterday warned that the flood of migrants is leaving hundreds of thousands of school leavers out of work.
David Frost, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “The Government must understand that migration is not a long-term solution to the tragic skills shortages that many young people have. “More than half a million people aged 18 to 24 are presently out of work, yet no one seems to notice due to the number of jobs that have been filled by so many willing migrant workers. “This is unsustainable and we are in danger of creating a two-tier society, with many going straight from school to a life on welfare.” Meanwhile, more than a million immigrants have been given British passports since Labor came to power in 1997.
Home Office figures reveal that 1,020,510 have been given citizenship. Of those, 245,270 were children and about 278,680 were through marriage. Migrationwatch UK chairman Sir Andrew Green said: “It is astonishing that we should now find that we have a million new citizens under Labour when they never indicated that they had any policy of this kind. In fact, the opposite.” He said the impact on society was huge and it was “high time” the consequences were openly addressed. Since eight former Eastern Bloc nations, including Poland and Lithuania, joined the EU in 2004, a total of 91,994 claims for benefits have been approved or are still being considered.