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Immigrants: Unemployment

June 14, 2007

Question written on 14/06/2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department provides any support to unemployed (a) A2 and (b) A8 nationals who have come to the UK to work but who do not have access to benefits as they have not completed 12 months of work.

Answered by Liam Byrne

The Border and Immigration Agency does not provide support to unemployed A2 and A8 nationals who have come to the UK to work but who do not have access to benefits as they have not completed 12 months of continuous employment in the UK. In work and contributory benefits are available to some migrants who meet the relevant DWP tests.As for all EEA nationals, migrants from the A8 and A2 countries that come to the UK are expected to be self-sufficient if they are not working or self-employed.