Government moves to prevent ‘benefit tourism’

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The government wants to prevent “benefit tourism” in which migrants come to Britain to claim benefits, says the employment minister, Chris Grayling. But he said that the vast majority of immigrants claiming benefits in Britain were entitled to do so.

His comments followed the release of figures from the government that revealed for the first time that 371,000 foreign-born claimants were claiming out-of-work benefits. Of these, 2% were suspected of making fraudulent claims. There were problems with assessing the eligibility of 27% of the claimants identified, said Grayling.

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