'600,000 jobless EU migrants in UK'
A European Union survey has found there are more than 600,000 unemployed migrants from the EU living in the UK, it has been reported.
The Sunday Telegraph said the report - commissioned by the Brussels commissioner for employment and social inclusion, Laszlo Andor - put the estimated annual cost to the National Health Service at £1.5 billion.
The 291-page survey was said to have found that there were 611,779 "non-active" EU migrants in the UK last year compared with 431,687 in 2006 - a 42% increase.
The newspaper quoted the report as saying: "Between 2006 and 2012 there has been a steady increase of 42% in the number of non-active EU migrants in the UK. While between 2005 and 2006 the growth of non-active EU migrants in the UK stagnated, since 2006 it has been steadily rising.
"A particularly high increase can be noticed between 2009 and 2011. The number of jobseeking EU migrants increased by 73% between 2008 and 2011, while the total EU migrant population (active and non-active) increased by only 28%."