New research published in the Guardian newspaper show that the amount of British nationals claiming unemployment benefits in Ireland is over four times higher than the other way around.
The figures were published to coincide with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s London talks about EU freedom of movement.
David Cameron’s plan to rewrite the terms of Britain’s EU membership ahead of putting it to a referendum in 2017, they show that 11,222 Britons claim the dole in Ireland.
Just 2,620 Irish nationals do the same in Britain.
There are at least 30,000 British nationals claiming unemployment benefits throughout the EU and unemployed Britons in richer member states outnumber the amount of people from the same countries who are claiming here.
In fact, in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, France and Ireland the number of Britons claiming such benefits is almost three times as high as the numbers reciprocating equivalent payments in the UK – 23,011 Britons to 8,720 nationals of those nine countries in the UK.
The significant exceptions to the that trend are from the smaller economy EU member states such as Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
In fact, just two British nationals were found to be claiming unemployment in Poland, compared to 14,880 Polish nationals doing the same here.
For more, see the Guardian’s report here.