UK opens it doors to Romanian and Bulgarian migrants

Romanians and Bulgarians have unrestricted access to the UK labour market from today, despite last-ditch efforts to prevent a feared wave of fresh immigration.

As Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May roll out tough new measures designed to tackle concerns that the Government is a soft touch on immigration, temporary curbs imposed in 2005 on citizens of Romania and Bulgaria have been lifted.

A UK border control checkpoint.
A change to the rules in 2014 will allow Bulgarian and Romanian migrants to work in the UK. from today. Credit: Reuters

Ninety senior Conservatives attempted to block the move in a letter to the Prime Minister, arguing he could invoke a clause in EU law to keep the borders shut.

But ministers have denied such a move would be feasible.

Read: 'Thousands' of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants expected

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Curbs lifted for Romanians and Bulgarians

A change to the rules in 2014 will allow Bulgarian and Romanian migrants to work in the UK from today. Some newspapers are warning of an influx of thousands of migrants.