The European Union’s highest court – European Court of Justice (ECJ) – has ruled that non-EU nationals are as entitled to social security benefits (aka taxpayer’s money) as citizens are. To top it, nations that are members of the EU can’t stop migrants from taking advantage of this.
In a statement, the court ruled: “A national on a non-EU country holding a single work permit in a member state enjoys, as a general rule, the social security benefits provided for nationals of that state.”
Italy is the country where the case started and came to its ruling, but the ECJ’s decision will resonate throughout the European Union.
Like it or not, EU, you’re about to pay for all non-citizens’ benefits. Get ready for things to get all the more expensive.
The court ruling initially was for the case of non-European Union citizen Kerly Del Rosario Martinez Silva, who was working in Italy with a permit but was not able to claim a benefit provided to households with incomes below a certain threshold and with more than three children.
The ECJ said that a single work permit entitled non-EU nationals to equal treatment and so national law could not exclude them from social security benefits.
In 2014, the mother’s claim was refused when she applied for a benefit provided by Italian law for households with at least three young children and with an income below a certain limit.
However, the ECJ has concluded that the benefit claimed by Mrs Martinez Silva is a social security benefit and should be allowed.
Liberals have been criticizing President Trump for trying to stop this very thing from happening here in the US.
Donald has wanted a return of emphasis on an existing U.S. law that bars any migrant entering America’s borders from receiving taxpayer entitlements for a period of 5 years.
Luckily with Trump as our president, this EU decision won’t happen in America for a long time.
The court said in a statement: “Nationals of non-EU countries who have been admitted to a member state for the purpose of work in accordance with EU or national law must in particular enjoy equal treatment with nationals of that state.”
In the UK, non-EU nationals including work permit holders, spouses and civil partners during the two-year probationary period generally won’t be able to receive any benefits.
The Home Office told express.co.uk that the ECJ ruling surrounded a specific EU directive 2011/98/EU, which the UK did not adopt.
A spokesman said: “Therefore the UK is not bound or subject to it’s application and has no application in the UK.
“It would not be for the Home Office to comment on its impact on other EU countries.”
With Hillary as our president, this certainly would have passed as law here in the states.
Thank God that isn’t our reality!