Ger­many to limit job­less ben­e­fits for other EU cit­i­zens

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

The Ger­man govern­ment has ap­proved leg­is­la­tion that would pre­vent cit­i­zens of other Euro­pean Union na­tions who haven’t worked in Ger­many from claim­ing full job­less ben­e­fits in their first five years as res­i­dents.

The Cabi­net’s de­ci­sion yes­ter­day fol­lowed a fed­eral court rul­ing last year that na­tion­als of the other 27 EU coun­tries can seek wel­fare pay­ments after six months. Labour Min­is­ter An­drea Nahles’ plan re­quires par­lia­men­tary ap­proval.

EU coun­tries al­low full labour mar­ket ac­cess to other mem­bers’ cit­i­zens, but an EU court has ruled that Ger­many was en­ti­tled to cut off unem­ploy­ment ben­e­fits to EU im­mi­grants who made lit­tle or no ef­fort to find work.

Con­cern about per­ceived abuse of work­ers’ free­dom of move­ment and of wel­fare sys­tems was one ar­gu­ment used by ad­vo­cates of Bri­tain’s exit from the EU.

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