Arrse is a fairly international community so I think I can get some answers to my question here. Immigration into Britain is a big issue not just for many Arrsers but also for a large amount of people living in Britain. I looked at a thread on here about traveling by train in Spain and noted in a link within the thread that someone asked a question about moving to Spain from Britain and there was a query about a residency qualification, i.e. needing a job in situ to move there or having money in the bank. Stuff like that. I was under the impression that under EU law now, any EU State who had signed up to the relevant agreement must allow other EU citizens free access across it's borders and the right to seek work or to receive benefits if they can't find work. Is that the case? This thread isn't about the politics of whether people should or shouldn't be allowed into Britain. It's an attempt at fact finding to try and discover plainly what people can do in terms of moving around the EU to work. Of course different countries will interpret EU law with their own twist to it and some may well be more blatant than others in how they ensure the rules suit themselves rather than the spirit of what was really intended by the EU. That apart, if I was to move to for example Spain! Can I just uproot myself from the UK and drive there and become a resident or do I need to have either a job offer, a decent pension or substantial capital in the bank before I can go and live there? Ditto, France, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Poland etc etc?