Top EU court rules against 'welfare tourism'

French police search a truck bound for Britain at the ferry terminal of Calais, on October 23, 2014The EU’s top court ruled Tuesday that member states do not have to pay welfare to EU citizens coming solely to claim benefits, offering some welcome relief to governments under fire from anti-EU parties on immigration. British Prime Minister David Cameron, for whom the problem has become acute, was quick to hail the decision as “simple common sense”. “It is a good step in the right direction because, as I have said, the right to go and work in other countries should not be an unqualified right,” Cameron said. Charges that the European Union’s core freedom of movement principle has been abused by so-called “social welfare tourists” have helped drive support for anti-EU parties campaigning for sharp immigration curbs.

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