Five quotes: David Cameron’s changing position on immigration

Cameron says migrants from Europe will have to leave Britain if they don't get a job within six months
LONDON — The Prime Minister has said migrants from Europe will have to leave Britain if they don't get a job within six months and they must work for four years before receiving some benefits.
In a speech to workers at a JCB factory in the West Midlands Friday, David Cameron, who is hoping the new measures will halt criticism over his immigration policies, said he would take back more control from the European Union.
We've looked at some of Cameron's statements on Europe and immigration since the last general election in 2010.
Here are five key quotes:


“We will take steps to take net migration back to the levels of the 1990s – tens of thousands a year, not hundreds of thousands.”
     — Taken from the Conservative Party's 2010 manifesto


“When it comes to immigration to our country, it's the numbers from outside the EU that really matter.”
     — Taken from Cameron's address to Conservative party members, Apr. 14, 2011


“Our membership of the EU allows British people free movement to travel, live and work in other European countries, and some 1.4 million British citizens exercise that right – including several hundred thousand in Spain alone. The same freedom of movement is true for EU nationals coming to Britain …
In fact, in recent years the numbers coming here from the EU, and the numbers leaving here to go to other EU countries, have been broadly in balance."
     — Taken from Cameron's speech on immigration reform, March 25, 2013


"The EU of today is very different from the EU of 30 years ago. We need to face the fact that free movement has become a trigger for vast population movements caused by huge disparities in income. That is extracting talent out of countries that need to retain their best people and placing pressure on communities. It is time for a new settlement which recognises that free movement is a central principle of the EU, but it cannot be a completely unqualified one ... So Britain, as part of our plan to reform the EU, will now work with others to return the concept of free movement to a more sensible basis."
     — Taken from Cameron's op-ed in the Financial Times, Nov. 26, 2013


“We want to create the toughest system in the EU for dealing with abuse of free movement … Accepting the principle of free movement of workers is a key to being part of the single market. A market from which Britain has benefited enormously. So we do not want to destroy that principle or turn it on its head … But freedom of movement has never been an unqualified right, and we now need to allow it to operate on a more sustainable basis in the light of the experience of recent years."
     — Taken from Cameron's speech on immigration reform, Nov. 28, 2014

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