This needs to be scrutinised regardless of whether its an EU immigrant or a local, but I suspect that it is actually less of a problem with EU immigrants who have had the motivation to go abroad to find work in the first place. We know from our own experience that it requires a high level of motivation to move to another country to find work. The lazy ones tend to be the ones who stay at home when they lose their jobs.There you are onto a controversial point. If an eu citizen works say six months? 12? say two years?, four years?... and then goes unemployed... is he entitled to be on the scratcher for life? I don't think it has been fully ironed out.