Unemployment & benefits
Affected by Brexit?
The rules and conditions presented on this page still apply in the UK and to UK citizens in the EU.
If you have acquired any social security rights (such as the right to healthcare, unemployment benefits, pensions) before 31 December 2020, the UK Withdrawal Agreement sets out the general rules for the protection of these rights. Read more about your rights.
If you have problems enforcing your rights, contact our assistance services.
The way social security is organised differs greatly within Europe, and every EU country remains free to design its social security system independently.
EU rules determine however under which country's system you should be insured when two or more countries are involved - for instance, if you live or work abroad in the EU.
Find out about:
- Social security systems in the EU
- Which country covers you
- Unemployment abroad
- Family benefits abroad
- Survivors' pensions and death grants
- Standard forms for social security rights
- Transfering unemployment benefits
- What to do if you cannot find work abroad