Reports say unemployed migrants are being given thousands of pounds to find work in Britain under an EU scheme.
It has emerged that the UK has taken a third of the young migrants involved in the “Your First EURES Job” program, the Telegraph reported.
Some 1,178 unemployed young people from the Continent have found jobs, training or apprenticeships in Britain under the ‘jobs mobility’ program since it was set up in 2012.
That accounted for 34.7 percent of the 3,387 jobs handed out so far, much higher than second place Germany, which has provided 659 placements. At the same time, just 25 Britons under 30 have found work under the scheme, less than one percent of the total.
The scheme offers up to €5,000 (£3,500) in relocation expenses and course fees per participant. The average cost per head of the scheme was €1,818, according to official figures.
A report into the scheme acknowledged that it was moving people from economies of high unemployment to Britain.
“The high number of placements in the UK could be due to the dynamics of the UK labor market,” it said.
“A high share of outgoing job finders in certain countries (Italy and Spain) mirrors the situation of the EU labor market, as these countries have high youth unemployment rates.
"Similarly to previous quarters, the UK remains the main country of destination.”
EU sources said British public bodies did not take part in the scheme, meaning there was a low uptake among the unemployed in this country.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond claimed that the Government ‘has a grip’ on the migration crisis in Calais. Downing Street defended David Cameron, who is on holiday within the UK, saying that he was due back at his desk on Thursday.
Hammond said 100 additional guards would be on duty at the terminal in Calais while UK Border Force officials were due to start working inside the Eurotunnel control room. “I think we have got a grip on the crisis. We saw a peak last week, since when the number of illegal migrants has tailed off,” he said.
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