Migrants ‘prefer Germany to Britain’, report finds

Nearly 30 per cent of migrants travelled to Germany under EU free movement rules, compared to seven per cent who moved to UK, study reveals.

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Germany, not the United Kingdom, is the main destination of free movement within the European Union, an international economic organisation has found.

Nearly 30 per cent of migrants travelled to Germany in 2012 under EU free movement rules, compared to seven per cent of EU free-mobility migrants that moved to the UK, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revealed.

In its annual International Migration Outlook, it said recent national estimates suggest an increase in free movement migration to the UK this year – but Germany continues to be the main destination of free movement within the 28-country bloc.

The findings come after David Cameron, the Prime Minister, signalled he is ready to lead Britain out of the EU if other member states refuse to compromise on the principle of free movement, which he and other ministers say is behind a surge in immigration to the UK.

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