Spaniards Expelled from Belgium for Abusing Illegal Immigrant Social Aid Handouts

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Published : January 12th, 2014
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What would happen if the US suddenly kicked out illegal immigrants for abuse of free handouts and social aid?

Belgium did just that. The numbers are small, but the point is that it happened at all.

Via translation from Libre Mercado, please consider Spaniards, among Europeans expelled from Belgium's abuse of social aid programs.

The Aliens Office of Belgium withdrew permission of residence to 323 Spaniards in 2013 because they  no longer meet the requirements, such as having an employment contract, being a student or have become self-employed, and thus prevent impose burdens exaggerated to the coffers of the Belgian Social Security. Spanish rank third in number of expulsions, behind only Romanians and Bulgarians.

In total, Belgium expelled a total of 2,712 European citizens for these reasons over the past year. This represents an increase from 2012, when it withdrew permission for 2,407 people to stay in the country.

European citizens have the right to freedom of movement within the territory of the European Union, but must meet certain requirements during your stay at a home outside the Member State.

The Belgian Foreign Office explained that the main reason for removing these permissions have to do with "unreasonable burden on the social system" involving these citizens, by not complying with the conditions required to Europeans.
Not only does this happen in Europe, it happens  in spite of alleged freedom of movement clauses for Eurozone nations.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock
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