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61% want three year welfare wait for EU immigrants

Almost two-thirds of Britons believe immigrants from within the European Union (EU) should wait at least three years before they are allowed to claim welfare benefits, a survey of social attitudes has shown.

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63% want three year welfare wait for EU immigrants

Almost two-thirds of Britons people believe immigrants from within the European Union (EU) should wait at least three years before they are allowed to claim welfare benefits, a major survey of social attitudes has shown.

A hardline view of immigrants is revealed in the 31st NatCen Social Research British Social Attitudes survey, in which nearly a quarter of British people said the main reason immigrants come to Britain is to claim benefits.

Almost two-thirds believe immigrants should wait three years. Credit: PA

And a considerable drop in the number of people who believe legal immigrants who are not British citizens should have the same legal rights as British citizens was recorded - from 40% in 2003 to 27% now.

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