Farage: 'People are concerned if Romanians move in'

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has issued further apologies today for his controversial comments about Romanian immigrants. Farage said people "shouldn't be concerned, but they probably are concerned, particularly if they live in London."

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Farage: Romania 'highly susceptible to organised crime'

Nigel Farage has defended his controversial comments about Romanians, saying "any normal and fair-minded person would have a perfect right to be concerned if a group of Romanian people suddenly moved in next door".

Mr Farage said the country was "highly susceptible to organised crime", adding "it is perfectly legitimate to point this out and to discuss it in the public sphere".

Nigel Farage was criticised for the comments, but denies accusations of racism. Credit: PA

In a statement on the Ukip website, he added: "This is not to say for a moment that all or even most Romanian people living in the UK are criminals.

"But it is to say that any normal and fair-minded person would have a perfect right to be concerned if a group of Romanian people suddenly moved in next door."

"So far as I can see most of those media commentators objecting to this statement are people living in million pound houses for whom the prospect of such a turn of events is not a real one."

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