This makes perfect sense and is something that is sadly lacking in the UK.
Wrong, if he comes here on a visa (none EU national) he has to provide proof that he has money to survive and support himself if he comes on a working visa he can only work for 1 year out of the 2 years he is allowed to stay.
If he comes here as an EU national, then he isn't allowed to claim any benefits (state assistance) until he has paid NI for 12 months.
So, either way someone walking into the country (unless they are an assylum seeker) gets nothing
Or that's how it is supposed to work!
I don't understand why if his parents are Polish and now living in a different country, he would want to come to the UK.
As for work, forget it - we are looking at record breaking unemployment in the UK...British people will take what jobs are on offer - most people, contrary to popular belief can not afford to be out of work and pride doesn't pay the bills neither does £56 per week (or what ever it is).
I would suggest this kid goes to Poland at least he has a family support network and they don't seem to be in such a steep decline as what we are.