Goan loophole

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A report by the independent body Migrationwatch warns that 20,000 people a year are now coming to live in Britain as partners of a citizen of another European Union country.

British citizens who want to bring in a spouse, partner or family from abroad must first show that they have an income of £18,600 or more to guarantee their dependants will not become a burden on the taxpayer.

There is no such condition for EU nationals. This is wide open to fraud and abuse. One example is that Indians living in Goa can claim Portuguese citizenship and then move directly to 
Britain with their families and claim benefits, social housing, education and access to the NHS.

If the coalition government does not act quickly the 
support for the anti-immigration and ­anti-EU party Ukip will deservedly grow.

Clark Cross

Springfield Road