Definition of benefit tourist in English:

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benefit tourist

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British informal
A person who travels to or within Britain in order to live off social security payments while untruthfully claiming to be seeking work.
Example sentences
  • He's the ‘benefit tourist’ who grabbed £1.5 million in a tax rebate in Britain in 2002.
  • The Government has taken action to stem the arrival of people from 10 new EU countries, but the situation is more complex than ‘benefit tourist’ scare stories.
  • Sadly, the Government has left it to the eleventh hour before thinking about how these loopholes might be closed and the nation's borders secured against a tide of benefit tourists.


benefit tourism

Example sentences
  • The habitual residence test was introduced as a centrepiece for a party conference speech in order to deal with the dangers of what is described as benefit tourism.
  • The Opposition said that benefit tourism was a non- problem, and that there were at most 5,000 continental claimants a year.
  • I intend to monitor migration flows but, contrary to what was said regarding the accession states previously, large numbers did not migrate and I do not anticipate a scenario such as benefit tourism occurring in Ireland.

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