NEARLY a quarter of all European nationals living in the UK are not working, new figures show.
According to the Conservative Fresh Start group, more than 551,000 out of 2.3million are economically inactive and 146,000 have never worked in this country.
Worryingly, the figure of those who have never worked has risen by 30 per cent since 2008, says the group.
It warned that the European Commission was continuing to challenge rules restricting the rights of some EU nationals to claim jobseeker’s allowance and child benefit.
It urged the Government to seek amendments to the Free Movement Directive to limit social security assistance for unemployed immigrants. Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: “The potential number of economic migrants seeking welfare is very worrying.”