28 May 2014

Germany address foreign benefit claimants

Germany can refuse to give unemployment benefit to EU citizens it believes are “welfare tourists”, suggests the advocate general of the European Court of Justice, contradicting the line of the EU Commission.

Separately, EU immigrants found abusing the German benefits system could be banned from re-entering the country for up to five years under a planned draft law. Banned benefit fraudsters caught trying to return to the country on falsified papers could also find themselves facing a prison term of up to three years, according to further measures envisaged in a draft bill.

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