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Benefit tourism is the name given to the perceived threat that after May 1, 2004, huge masses of citizens from the European Union's ten new member countries would move to the previous fifteen member states to benefit from their generous social welfare systems rather than to work.

This threat was used as a motivation for some (initial, temporary) restrictions in the free movement of labour within the EU. However, evidence since May 2004 does not suggest that a large number of people from Eastern Europe are claiming benefits in Western Europe.

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