The Government has said it will make it "difficult" for migrants to claim benefits with Britain expected to see an influx of people from the EU's two newest member states when they get full access to the country next year.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said housing rules would also be changed to give local people priority, as a pressure group predicted up to 250,000 Romanian and Bulgarians could head to the UK over the next five years.
ITN News' UK Editor Lucy Manning has met some of those already working here:
Up to 250,000 Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants could come to Britain within the first five years after access restrictions are lifted, campaigners have warned.
Migration Watch UK, reached the estimate - equal to the population of Newcastle - by assessing three different methods of predicting the likely inflow from Romania and Bulgaria, and said immigration from the two countries could amount to 50,000 a year between 2014 and 2018.