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February 21, 2014

UK records a high number of Romanian and Bulgarian migrant workers

1 in 10 jobs have been taken by Romanians and Bulgarians during the past year (2013). And, the percentage increase in the number of Romanians and Bulgarians among the working populace rose by 40% (up until now).

During the last three months of the previous year, just before the restrictions on immigration were removed, about 144,000 people who were born either in Romanian or Bulgaria, were working in Britain. Out of the 424,503 jobs created during the previous year, they have taken 41,670 jobs.

As per the statistics provided by the Office for National Statistics, the number of unemployed fell to 2.3 million. Between October and December, the wages rose by 1%, which is considered to be significantly lower when compared to the inflation level. Effective January 1, 2014, the restrictions laid on the migrants of Romania and Bulgaria were removed and this has given them the ability to come to Britain for work and claim benefits.

Migration Watch UK campaigns to have more rigid immigration laws. Sir Andrew Green who is its chairman said that as per the latest figures, there has been a substantial increase of workers from Bulgaria and Romania. The latest figures refer to the time when they had restrictions on immigration.

In an attempt made to suppress the anxiety of the people, the government has made an announcement that the immigrants of European Union have to wait for at least 3 months to claim their benefits.

As per the Home Office report, which was published on Wednesday, it was seen and was evident for the very first time in the decade that more British workers have taken low skilled jobs as compared to the overseas workers. However, it was found that the trend has reversed during last year.

Till last year, Romanians and Bulgarians could come to Britain only if an employer had offered them a job and supported a visa, or if they were self-employed or had come here on a temporary basis to fill some jobs related to fruit picking or any agriculture-based work.

The number of migrant workers coming from Eastern Europe has reached 728,000 by the end of the previous year. Year on year, there has been a rise of 8%.

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