Germany is proposing a change to its unemployment benefits law so that European Union migrants would be unable to access jobless benefits for the first five years after arriving in the country.
The proposal was put forth by German labor minister Andrea Nahles, a left-wing social democrat. The current law allows EU migrants access to most benefits six months after entering the country.
Government statistics show that 440,000 EU migrants claimed benefits in January in Germany, although the figure includes those claiming 'top-up benefits' for doing low-paid work, according to the The Financial Times. Currently, the largest groups claiming benefits are from Poland, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece, according to the government numbers.