'Sharp increase' in migrant workers

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen by more than a quarter in three months, official figures revealed.

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Bulgarian ambassador says UK should not panic

The Bulgarian ambassador has told ITV News there should be no panic about an influx of Bulgarians as many of them who want to work in the UK have already arrived in the country.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics suggest the number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen by more than a quarter in three months.

Ambassador Konstantin Dimitrov said, "I think it is unnecessary for the simple reason that most of those who want to come here have already done so".

ITV News correspondent Juliet Bremner reports:

'Sharp increase' in Romanian and Bulgarian migrants

Migration Watch UK says the rise in the numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians making their way to Great Britain will rise to 50,000 a year once restrictions on the types of work they can do are lifted.

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.

It suggests that still larger numbers will arrive next year when our labour market is fully open to them.

This is consistent with our central estimate that net migration from Romania and Bulgaria will run at about 50,000 a year for the next five years.

– Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK

The government has refused to give a figure for how many workers from Romania and Bulgaria it expects to arrive in the UK.

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Migrant workers from Romania and Bulgaria on the rise

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen by more than a quarter in three months, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

  • 141,000 Romanians and Bulgarians were employed between April and June an increase of 26% on the previous three months.
  • 112,000 Romanians and Bulgarians were employed between January and March.

Laws restricting the types of work undertaken by migrants from these two countries will be lifted from the start of next year.

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