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More than 7,000 migrants claiming benefits in EU just so they can go home

AROUND 7,300 migrants are claiming special benefits in Europe so they can return to the countries they initially came from.


The migrants, many of who returned to countries such as Turkey and Morocco, receive a monthly fee from the Dutch state for settling in their former nation.

The number of migrants claiming the repatriation benefit has soared in recent years, with the Dutch government spending £26 million on so-called re-migration last year compared to £17 million five years ago.

The pay out, which has also been claimed by residents of the US and Britain, is available for migrants who have worked for at least eight years and want to return to their home countries.

But while the figure is available to a host of economic migrants, it is also available to select groups of refugees who arrived before 2014.

It comes as a UN official claimed thousands of migrants are coming into Europe after border fences designed to stop the influx have failed.

The Central Europe spokesman for the United Nations


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