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It is important to move away from ambiguous concepts such as ‘benefit tourism’ and focus on actual numbers

Markaki, Yvonni and Vargas-Silva, Carlos (2014) It is important to move away from ambiguous concepts such as ‘benefit tourism’ and focus on actual numbers. British Politics and Policy at LSE (17 Nov 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Politicians in the UK of all stripes have voiced conern about ‘benefit tourism’. But how many people actually come to take advantage of the UK welfare system? One possible way of informing the debate is to move away from vague concepts and estimate the number of people who may fit the media narrative. Looking at recent EU migrants of working age who are not students, not in employment and receive some kind of state benefit, Yvonni Markaki and Carlos Vargas-Silva get an estimate of 39,000 people. This is less than 1% of all foreign nationals in the UK and 1% of all EU nationals in the UK.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Sets: Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 15:12
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2019 23:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/75058

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