Department of Work and Pensions report on nationality of benefit claimants

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‘Nationality at point of National Insurance number registrationof DWP claiments” is the report which has formed the backdrop to an articie by government ministers at representing the DWP and Home Office take on migration and unemployment.

Whilst the findings of the report have been framed by media speculation on ‘benefit tourism’ etc,is findings give scant support to sensationalised headlines. Amongst the the key findings listed are:

In February 2011, of the 5.5 million people in receipt of DWP working age benefits, 6.4% (370,000) had been born abroad.
Amongst the range of benefits, non-UK born people made up 8.5% of people receiving jobseeker benefits and 3.5% for working age disability benefits.
Amongst the non-UK born group receiving these benefits, 25% where from countries within the EU. People born in Asia (34%) and Africa (27%) made up the next biggest groups.
Amongst the grup listed as foreign nationals at the time of first registration for a National Insurance Number, 54% has subsequently become British citizens.
As of February 2011, 16.6% of working age UK nationals were in receipt of working age benefits, in contrast to the 6.4% of non-UK born.
The sample identified 2% of claimants as not appearing to have a legal residence status in the UK.

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