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A policy of inconsistency and hypocrisy: United Kingdom social security policy and European citizenship

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The expansion of the European Union in April 2004 to include eight Eastern European nations formerly under Soviet control, and a further expansion in January 2007 to include Romania and Bulgaria, has led to a vast influx of workers and work-seekers from this region into the United Kingdom. Despite allowing the vast majority of these work-seekers access to the UK labour market, Government policy on allowing these EU citizens entitlement to the full range of income-based social security benefits remains somewhat confusing. It may also be in contravention of recent EU legislative measures on the issue of European Citizenship, not to mention the concept of Community citizenship itself. The aim of this article is to examine the relevant UK social security legislation and to ascertain the true nature of its relationship with the developing concept of European citizenship.
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Keywords: A10 migrants; EU Workers; discrimination; entitlement; free movement; hardship; social security benefits; the United Kingdom

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Independent Researcher,

Publication date: 2009-03-01

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