REFUGEE BENEFITS

BY KEITH NUTHALL AND ALAN OSBORN
THE EUROPEAN Union Council of Ministers has taken a significant step towards closing the legal loophole preventing refugees and stateless persons resident in one Member State from claiming social security rights available to EU citizens, when arriving from outside the EU and remaining in their country of arrival.

According to the European Court of Justice, only by moving between EU countries can these applicants claim benefits under European social security laws, using rights available to migrant workers.



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