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Take-up of benefits is low among EU migrants - survey conducted in Fenland shows

A new report has found that EU nationals rarely claim benefits they are entitled to, and has highlighted the concerns of employers already facing a labour shortage ahead of Brexit.

The report focuses on Fenland, an area of Cambridgeshire with a large population of EU migrants, and was presented at a national conference in London today (Wednesday) entitled 'Modern slavery and migration in rural areas: the impacts'.

Researchers from Buckinghamshire New University, in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and the Rosmini Centre, a community organisation based in Wisbech, surveyed 220 migrants for the report. The research also examined previous literature, media coverage, and undertook qualitative interviews with migrants, voluntary sector agencies, health and education professionals and employers.

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