Coalition split over EU free movement reforms

A furious row has broken out at the heart of the coalition Government over the right of European Union nationals to work in the UK, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg branding Home Office proposals "illegal and undeliverable".

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In numbers: Bulgaria and Romania immigration

As 2014 dawns, restrictions on the number of people from Romania and Bulgaria allowed to work in the UK will be lifted.

  • Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union in 2007
  • Restrictions on the number of people from these countries allowed to work in the UK will be lifted on January 1 after seven years
  • Almost 100,000 have already taken the chance to work in the UK (ONS)
  • When Poland joined the EU in 2004 there were no restrictions in place and more than 400,000 made the move (Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue & Customs and Communities and Local Government, Accession Monitoring Report)
  • UK is 11th on list of where Romanians tend to move (IOM 2011)
  • Combined population of Bulgaria and Romania is 29 million compared to 39 million in Poland
  • 6.5 million Romanians aged between 20 and 39 and 0.35 million Bulgarians - the group which tends to make the shift but 46% of have already gone

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