Demagnetization of social security and healthcare for migrants to the UK

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Over the past two decades, starting with the social security ‘habitual residence’ test, UK governments have maintained a consistent policy of restricting the access of migrants to welfare benefits and public healthcare. It has represented a response to increased levels of inward migration flow, including anticipated increases arising from enlarged European Union (EU) membership, and the supposed ‘magnetic pull’ of UK welfare and healthcare systems to migrants. Adjustment to the benefit rules affecting EU migrants, which at times has come very close to crossing lines of legality under EU law, has lately featured prominently in the UK’s proposals to the EU over the terms of its Union membership. The article focuses on the policy changes and legal developments, including case law, across the areas of social assistance benefits, state retirement pensions and healthcare and assesses their impact, seeking to analyse the changing position of residence as an issue in entitlement and its implications

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-163
Number of pages34
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Security
Issue number2
Early online date1 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

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