The Daily Mirror — Oct 13, 2013
A survey has found there are more than 600,000 unemployed migrants from the European Union living in the UK.
According to The Sunday Telegraph, the EU report concluded that the estimated annual cost to the NHS was £1.5 billion.
The 291-page survey, commissioned by Laszlo Andor, the Brussels commissioner for employment and social inclusion, found that there were 611,779 “non-active” EU migrants in the UK last year compared with 431,687 in 2006.
This equates to an increase of 42 per cent over the period.
The report noted: “Between 2006 and 2012 there has been a steady increase of 42 per cent in the number of non-active EU migrants in the UK.
“While between 2005 and 2006 the growth of non-active EU migrants in the UK stagnated, since 2006 it has been steadily rising.
“A particularly high increase can be noticed between 2009 and 2011.
“The number of jobseeking EU migrants increased by 73 per cent between 2008 and 2011, while the total EU migrant population (active and non-active) increased by only 28 per cent.”