Germany could deport unemployed foreigners if they cannot find a job within three months, even if they are EU citizens, according to a draft proposal being considered by Berlin. Britain may follow suit.
Unemployed immigrants will also have less access to welfare benefits and it will be more difficult for them even to claim benefits in the first place, according to the 133-page report, presented Wednesday. According to the German government, the member states are also “allowed to limit the time that citizens from other EU countries can look for work.”
“This [report] should not be understood as an assault on the freedom of movement, which is one of the fundamental EU rights,” said Steffen Seibert, spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.