A homelessness charity has called on the Government to restrict immigration, saying it is being "swamped" with destitute people fleeing the eurozone's troubled economies.
The Nightwatch charity in Croydon, South London say it has seen a momentous rise in Chairman Jad Adams,addressing the charity's annual meeting, said the charity could cease to exist if the Government did not at least try to halt the flow of immigration into the UK as the Eurozone crisis worsens.
He said the charity,which receives beneficiaries from the National Lottery and Croydon Council,cannot increase its capacity "endlessly" and its finances are now under severe pressure.
The charity,founded 36 years ago,provides clothing and food to homeless people in the vicinity and also helps find them somewhere to live, but says in its annual report that it believes in "local solutions for local problems".
No matter how long the British National Party have been saying the right of free movement between members states of the European Union agreed under treaties is being abused,finally,there seems to be some recognition.
Adams continued "I fear that many people we see as clients are not exercising their treaty rights to come to look for work, but it is simply more attractive to be poor in this country than in some others.
"We have managed to support them - if with some difficulty - but we cannot go on increasing our capacity endlessly."
He added: "The free movement of poverty is putting unacceptable strains on charitable work.
"We have already seen the effect of unlimited freedom of movement in the number of clients that we support every night.
"Indigent arrivals from other countries would put an unacceptable strain on ourselves and other charities dealing with the poorest people in society.
"It cannot be beyond the wit of government to impose simple limits on people to demonstrate they are genuinely seeking work."
Writing in the Nightwatch annual report, Mr Adams added: "The government did not conceive that people would come to the country utterly destitute and reliant on the work of charities such as ours.
He was speaking after fears were raised that the Eurozone catastrophe could lead to a host of people from the worst-hit economies, and especially Greece and Spain,coming to the UK to live to escape poverty.
Speaking about former attempts to encourage Eastern Europeans to return home he stated: "In the past we have encouraged the indigent Eastern Europeans to return home by using foreign-language leaflets and working with such organisations as Crisis and London Reconnections to help anyone who wanted to go back.
"The response was minimal.
"We have to conclude that all our Eastern European clients know about government-sponsored packages to go back to their country of origin,and they do not do so because they do not wish to.
In the past ten years more than 700,000 Eastern Europeans have flooded the shores of Britain for work and only last month the hot aired Home Secretary Theresa May announced contingency plans to control immigration should the Euro collapse.
But if it doesn’t? More hot air!