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Special Non-contributory Benefits for EU Migrants: A Tri-city Project


The AIRE Centre is excited to announce the start of a new project funded by the European Commission on 'Special Non-Contributory Benefits for  EU Migrants'. In collaboration with FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centre, Dublin) and Lize Glass (legal consultant and former AIRE intern, Amsterdam) and with the support of our new Skadden fellow Sarah St. Vincent, the project aims to improve the information that EU migrants have about their right to access special non-contributory benefits.

Over 15 months, we will be collecting statistical data, holding discussions with other NGOs and lawyers, reviewing decisions of courts and tribunals and analysing the findings to support the sharing of information, development of best practice and increase in capacity of advisers’ and representatives’ knowledge about special non-contributory benefits across the three cities.

Welfare Benefits for Union Citizens (London, 7 February 2013)

On 7th February 2013 The AIRE Centre, in partnership with the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC), will host a half-day of talks and workshops on EU law rights to claim social welfare benefits. The event will provide training on EEA nationals' right to claim welfare benefits in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands and will feature talks from the AIRE Centre, CPAG and leading lawyers in the field. We'll also be launching a new, interactive welfare benefits advice website to help individuals, benefits advisers and other representatives understand entitlement to welfare benefits.

Please save the date and look out for further information in the New year. To find out more about the workshop or website, please contact Ellie Sibley (

Round - table 3 (The Hague, 14 May 2012)

The third round-table was held in The Hague on 14 May 2012, co-hosted by Lize Glas. We were delighted to be able to hold the event in Europe House and are very grateful for their generosity and support. We were also very pleased that Felix Schatz from the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) was able to attend for the day. The morning session was spent assessing the project's outputs and outcomes against our objectives and planning for the second half of the project cycle. 

The afternoon brought together project staff and guest participants from the Netherlands and Belgium. Sessions included an overview of the legal framework in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands, as well as an in-depth paper on territoriality and free movement, and an interesting insight into the practical aspects and consequences of benefits. 

Materials from the round-table are available from the link at the bottom of this page. 

Round - table 2 (Dublin, 1 March 2012) 

The second round-table was held in Dublin on 1 March 2012, co-hosted by FLAC. With over 30 participants, it was an incredibly informative and interesting event, and we are particularly grateful to the speakers who lead a diverse range of sessions, prompting very useful discussions. Common problems and challenges were identified, as well as a sharing of experiences, best practices and possible solutions. 

Round - table 1 (London, 19 January 2012) 

The first round-table, hosted by Skadden Arps LLP was a great success and a very encouraging start to the project. It provided an opportunity for the project staff from AIRE, Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC, Dublin) and Radboud University (the Netherlands) to meet each other, and benefit from training sessions lead by Adrian Berry (barrister, Garden Court Chambers), Martin Williams (Child Poverty Action Group) as well as by AIRE staff.

Topics discussed included the background to Regulation 883/04/EC, the right-to-reside test and Patmalniece, administrative considerations in accessing special non-contributory benefits (delays and remedies), victims of trafficking and domestic violence, homeless EEA nationals, and pregnant women. 


Materials from the round-tables, as well as additional resources, are available here.

If you have any questions, please contact



 With Financial Support from the European Commission