Due to the latest data the number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen drastically by 26%. The Office for National Statistics announced that only for the months between April and June more than 141,000 people from these countries were in employment. Their number for the three previous months was 112,000.
Compared to the same three months from the year before, new figures show an increase of about 35%.
Next year these immigrants will get the possibility to search for more different types of jobs which are now prohibited for them. This means that more and more people will make their way to the UK.
Since Bulgaria and Romania became part of the EU in 2007 their citizens started travelling without visas but had prohibition to practice certain jobs.
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “This increase of just over a third in Romanian and Bulgarian workers in the UK over the past year is a sharp increase on the previous trend.”
He added he in fact expected that as labour market will be fully open from next year on the country would become a pretty attractive place for Bulgarians and Romanians.
There are still no officially published expectations about the increase of immigrants. Both countries, on the other hand, claim predictions are not correct and there would not be such a mass influx.
Sarah Mulley, associate director for migration and communities at the Institute for Public Policy Research, said the exact number of immigrants was not that important. What is in fact really important is that the government had be prepared for everything.