Rõivas: Estonians go to study and work in the UK, not claim benefits

Taavi Rõivas lubas vajadusel hukkunud õpetaja perele riigipoolset toetust leida. ERR
12/1/2014 3:34 PM
Category: Politics

Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said today in response to the British Prime Minister David Cameron's recent anti-immigration rhetoric that Estonians do not go to the United Kingdom to claim social benefits, but to work and study.

"I have spoken on this topic to David Cameron before and told him to re-evaluate the British social welfare system that is relatively generous,“ said Rõivas to Delfi.

He added that he's in agreement with Cameron that abusing the welfare system is not acceptable, but at the same time, the immigration has benefited London as an important financial and trade center.

"As for Estonians, they don't generally go and claim benefits, but to work and study in the UK. People who add value to the society should be treated equally with the locals," he said.

The British Prime Minister has recently criticized the European Union free movement of labor principle, proposing to limit European immigration. But his proposals have met a cold shoulder from the German chancellor Angela Merkel, who has clearly said the free movement is one of the founding principles that is not negotiable.


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