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German coalition argues about Bulgaria, Romania migrants: Lubecker Nachrichten

German coalition argues about Bulgaria, Romania migrants: Lubecker Nachrichten

3 January 2014 | 10:54 | FOCUS News Agency
Berlin. German Christian Democrats joined the debate over the free movement of immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania in the frames of the European Union (EU), making harsh remarks in connection with the opposition of the partners from the Christian Social Union, German Lubecker Nachrichten newspaper writes.
“All this is contradictory and senseless,” Christian democrat Regina Goerner commented for the online newspaper Huffington Post in connected with the Christian Social Union’s demand to introduce stricter rules for the migrants from Bulgaria and Romania.
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Germany can solve Bulgaria, Romania’s social problems: German MEP

Germany can solve Bulgaria, Romania’s social problems: German MEP

3 January 2014 | 09:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Berlin. Social problems faced by Bulgaria and Romania can be solved through the German social welfare benefit system, known as Hartz IV. This is what German CDU MEP Elmar Brok, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, has said speaking for the German Bild magazine.
“Those, who wish to live in another EU member state for more than three months, should find a job, earn their living on their own, or at least prove that they have enough means to survive and have social insurance,” Brok remarked.
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German Christian-democrat offers finger prints records of Bulgaria, Romania migrants: Suddeutsche Zeitung

German Christian-democrat offers finger prints records of Bulgaria, Romania migrants: Suddeutsche Zeitung

3 January 2014 | 09:11 | FOCUS News Agency
Berlin. “Inconsistent and senseless” slogans: along with the Social Democratic Party of Germany now it is Christian-democrats’ turn to voice critical remarks against the campaign of the Christian Democratic Union targeting the poor immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania, German Suddeutsche Zeitung daily writes.
German CDU MEP Elmar Brok, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, proposed to take and record the fingerprints of the Romanians and Bulgarians as a safety measure against the frequent entrances on the territory of Germany.
“Immigrants coming in the country only for Germany's social welfare benefit, known as Hartz IV, the children’s allowances and the health insurance should be immediately returned back to their homes,” Brok has said.
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The Economist: EU migration - the gates are open

The Economist: EU migration - the gates are open

3 January 2014 | 03:44 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Is Europe facing another big migratory wave from east to west? Ion Jinga, Romania’s ambassador in Britain, does not think so. The last one (the Poles coming to Britain in the aftermath of their country’s EU accession in 2004) happened when only three big countries (Britain, Ireland and Sweden) opened their labour markets and the British economy was booming. Moreover, the population of Romania and Bulgaria combined is only three-quarters the size of Poland’s 39m. And Romania is not doing badly: economic growth has picked up, rising to 4.1% in the latest quarter, and wages are increasing fast. The unemployment rate is below 5% nationally and only 2% in Bucharest, the capital, The Economist reads.
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No threat for Macedonians to invade the UK, I was misquoted by foreign media: Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov (ROUNDUP)

No threat for Macedonians to invade the UK, I was misquoted by foreign media: Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov (ROUNDUP)

3 January 2014 | 01:04 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. There is no threat for Macedonians to invade the United Kingdom. That is what Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov, Director of the National History Museum, said in an interview with FOCUS News Agency , after being quoted by British and Macedonian media in relation to the inrush of Bulgarians and Romanians in Great Britain.
“I do not know who and how interpreted my words – whether British or Macedonian journalists misquoted me. I said just the opposite - that there is no risk for Macedonians to enter the UK as in practice 5-6 months ago Bulgaria suspended citizenship issuance to Macedonians because we set a new requirement for citizenship,” Bozhidar Dimitrov stated.
The newly imposed requirement for Bulgarian citizenship is a document verifying Bulgarian origin.
Macedonians with Bulgarian citizenship do not scheme Operation Sealion against Great Britain, Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov said.
Operation Sealion (German: Unternehmen Seelöwe) was Nazi Germany's plan to invade the United Kingdom during the Second World War, but it was postponed indefinitely on 17 September 1940 and never carried out.
“Macedonians with Bulgarian citizenship are already where they wanted to be when they received their Bulgarian passport,” Prof. Bozhidar Dimitrov stated.
"According to adjustments for emigration we studied in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we found purely physiologically that not many Bulgarians prefer northern countries, despite higher salaries there – Sweden, Norway, Germany, Great Britain," Prof. Dimitrov commented.
“There are only 9,000 Bulgarians in Austria as an example, at that they are seasonal workers there. Bulgarians prefer southern countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece much more, although the pay there is not high,” Prof. Dimitrov concluded.
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Macedonians invade UK; London in Panic (ROUNDUP)

Macedonians invade UK; London in Panic (ROUNDUP)

2 January 2014 | 23:02 | FOCUS News Agency
Skopje. The lifting of labour restrictions for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens in the EU as of January 1, 2013 is a front-burner topic for media in Macedonia. Despite the negative approach of the Macedonian authorities towards Bulgarian citizenship and passports, it turns out that people with Bulgarian passports will also have the chance of access to the EU labour markets, including the ones in Great Britain and Germany, as of this year.

Macedonian online news edition Brif published an article titled “London is afraid of an inflow of 'Bulgarians' and 'Romanians' from Macedonia and Moldova” related to the lifting of the labour restrictions for citizens of Bulgaria and Romania in the EU as of January 1, 2014.
The government in London is afraid of the inflow of immigrants from the countries neighbouring Bulgaria and Romania, which are not EU member states, such as Macedonia and Moldova, the citizens of which obtain Bulgarian or Romanian citizenship under an accelerated procedure. Having a Bulgarian or Romanian passport makes it possible for these people to look for a job in the rest of the EU countries, including in Great Britain.
The practice of the Bulgarian government to issue passports to Macedonians and of the Romanian government – to Moldovans, under eased and faster procedure, poses a treat for even higher number of immigrants in the EU.
Great Britain is afraid of a wave of migrants from Serbia, Ukraine and Turkey, who have obtained citizenship as Bulgarians or Romanians thanks to the “historical ties.”

“Macedonians are to invade Great Britain; London in panic”, reads a title of an article published by the Macedonian online news edition Skai commenting on the lifting of the labour restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians in EU countries as of January 1, 2014.
“Bulgaria and Romania, the citizens of which now have the right to work in Great Britain, are giving citizenship to people from countries that are not EU member states, including Moldova and Macedonia,” the article writes, referring to statements of controversial Bulgarian historian, Bozhidar Dimitrov, for Bulgarian media.
British newspapers comment that hundreds of people from the poor non-EU countries will have the chance to work in the UK after the restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians are lifted.
Anti-migrant groups foresee an inflow of around 50,000 more migrants in the UK.
“Bulgarian citizenship is very popular in Macedonia. When I was minister [without portfolio in charge of Bulgarians living abroad], Bulgaria used to issue around 500 passports a day. All we had to do was prove Bulgarian origin,” Dimitrov said.

“London seized with fear of fake Bulgarians and Romanians,” says Telma TV.
“London afraid of Bulgarians and Romanians from Macedonia and Moldova,” online news edition Idividi comments.
The same headlines are seen in Utrinski Vesnik, A1On and Alfa TVs.
“Britain hysterical about migrants with Bulgarian and Romanian passports,” Lokalno writes.
“Planes and buses overcrowded: Romanians and Bulgarians barge in the EU,” writes MKD and offers video and photo materials.
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Skai, Macedonia: Macedonians to invade Great Britain, London in panic

Skai, Macedonia: Macedonians to invade Great Britain, London in panic

2 January 2014 | 12:50 | FOCUS News Agency
Skopje. “Macedonians are to invade the Great Britain; London in panic”, reads a title of an article published by the Macedonian online news edition Skai in commentary on the lifting of the labour restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians in the EU countries as of January 1, 2014.
“Bulgaria and Romania, whose citizens now have the right to work in the Great Britain, are giving citizenship to people from countries that are not EU member states, including Moldova and Macedonia,” the article writes, referring to statements of the controversial Bulgarian historian, Bozhidar Dimitrov in the Bulgarian media.
British newspapers comment that hundreds of people from the poor non-EU countries will have the chance to work in the UK after the restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians are rejected.
Anti-migrant groups foresee an inflow of around 50,000 more migrants in the UK.
“Bulgarian citizenship is very popular in Macedonia. When I was minister [without portfolio in charge of the Bulgarians living abroad], Bulgaria used to issue around 500 passports a day. All we had to do was to prove the Bulgarian origin,” Dimitrov said.
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Brif, Macedonia: London afraid of inflow of “Bulgarians” and “Romanians” from Macedonia and Moldova

Brif, Macedonia: London afraid of inflow of “Bulgarians” and “Romanians” from Macedonia and Moldova

2 January 2014 | 12:13 | FOCUS News Agency
Skopje. Macedonian online news edition Brif published an article titled “London is afraid of inflow of “Bulgarians” and “Romanians” from Macedonia and Moldova” connected with the lifting of the labour restrictions for citizens of Bulgaria and Romania in the EU as of January 1, 2014.
The government in London is afraid of the inflow of immigrants from the countries neighbouring Bulgaria and Romania, which are not EU member states, such as Macedonia and Moldova, whose citizens obtain Bulgarian or Romanian citizenship under an accelerated procedure. Having Bulgarian or Romanian passport makes it possible for these people to look for a job in the rest of the EU countries, including in the Great Britain.
The practice of the Bulgarian government to issue passports to Macedonians and of the Romanian government – to Moldovans, under eased and faster procedure poses a treat for even higher number immigrants in the EU.
The Great Britain is afraid of a wave of migrants from Serbia, Ukraine and Turkey, who have obtained citizenship as Bulgarians or Romanians thanks to the “historical ties”.
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Fears as migrant flood begins: the Daily Express

Fears as migrant flood begins: the Daily Express

2 January 2014 | 05:32 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Britain will today be hit by the first wave of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants keen to take advantage of our generous taxpayer-funded benefits, the British Daily Express writes.

At least 5,000 are expected in the first week alone, the tabloid continues.

Visa restrictions on low-skilled nationals from the two eastern European countries ended at midnight. The first sold-out flight from Romania is due to land at 7.40am today. Coach operators say that thousands have bought tickets for as little as £50. The first coaches leave the capital Bucharest tomorrow for the 1,600-mile journey, arriving in London on Saturday. One operator predicted that nearly 1,000 a day could come here over the next seven days.

Unlike the Daily Express, other British dailies like the Guardian, already admitted that the whole hysteria about an influx of Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants was just a political move from MPs in the UK. As it is evident, there are no crowds of migrants at British airports, flights from Bulgaria to the UK are not sold out, neither are couches.
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Scapegoating migrants for Britain's crisis will damage us all: The Guardian

Scapegoating migrants for Britain's crisis will damage us all: The Guardian

2 January 2014 | 02:31 | FOCUS News Agency
London. It's the influx that never was, starts its article the British Guardian and continues: New Year's Day, we were told by rightwing politicians and press, would be the day the floodgates opened. Romanians and Bulgarians, free at last to work in Britain without restrictions, would come in their hordes. Beggars and benefit scroungers would be battering on our doors. The country would be swamped.

But when it came to it, there was no sign of them: no special coaches, no temporary camps and plenty of spare seats on flights from Bucharest and Sofia. It's not so hard to work out why. Romanians and Bulgarians have been able to live and work throughout the European Union since 2007. There are already about 150,000 in Britain, 2 million in Italy and Spain, and seven other EU countries lifted working restrictions yesterday, including France and Germany.

No doubt the numbers will pick up, though it won't be on the scale of the east European migration of the past decade. But for months, we have been subjected to a drumbeat of hysteria, as the Tories vied with the nationalist UK Independence party to terrify the public about the coming onslaught and promise ever more meaningless or toxic crackdowns, egged on by a xenophobic media.
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EU labour market open for Bulgarians and Romanians: In Bulgarian media

EU labour market open for Bulgarians and Romanians: In Bulgarian media

2 January 2014 | 02:00 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. EU’s labour market is now open for Bulgarians and Romanians after the deadline until which EU member states were able to impose restrictions ended on 31 December 2013, Sega daily reports.

Accession treaties of EU countries say that there is a 7-year maximum period, in which they can restrict other EU citizens from their labour markets. Restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians were lifted in 10 countries but the one that had the most heated debate on the issue was the UK. The country had fears that poor citizens of the two Eastern European states might become a burden for UK’s social system. British airports, however, did not register an influx of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants, as media and politicians in the UK predicted. It is unlikely that we witness a significant increase of Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants, commented EU Commissioner for Employment Laszlo Andor.

Darik radio also cites Commissioner Andor, who pointed out that, according to analytical data, freedom of movement contributes to the economy of the host country. Especially, when there are two million job vacancies in Europe. He expressed regret that immigrant workers have become a target in the situation of crisis.

24 Chasa daily cites a research, made by BBC, which shows that unlike Britain, other western countries like Spain, Germany and France are not as worried by the lifted restrictions.
Trud daily, , NTV and BNR also reported on the issue. All of them point out that there are no unusual numbers of booked flights or bus tickets to the UK from Bulgaria. Britain, of course, seems to be the only surprised country by that fact.
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Comments in media on lifting EU labour market restrictions on Bulgarians, Romanians continue (ROUNDUP)

Comments in media on lifting EU labour market restrictions on Bulgarians, Romanians continue (ROUNDUP)

1 January 2014 | 23:39 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Working Bulgarians and Romanians will enjoy free access to EU labour markets, which has received wide coverage in European media.
More than three million Bulgarians and Romanians have already left their homelands for parts of Europe where there are better job prospects – but they have not come to the UK, The Independent comments.
That revelation by the EU commissioner in charge of labour law was timed to calm fears that hundreds of thousands of eastern Europeans will enter the UK this year.
The quarantine period that has kept Bulgarians and Romanians out of the jobs market in the UK and eight other EU states ended at midnight last night, seven years after the two countries achieved full EU membership.
But their citizens have long since enjoyed unrestricted access to 19 EU states, allowing millions of Bulgarians and Romanians to find work abroad – making it unlikely that the UK will face the kind of mass immigration that followed Poland’s EU entry in 2004.
Laszlo Ander, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, claimed in a statement: “It is unlikely that there will be any major increase following the ending of the final restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian workers.”
He added that there are two million unfilled job vacancies in the EU, reinforcing the case for allowing EU citizens to move across borders to search for work.
“The free movement of people has been one of the cornerstones of EU integration,” he claimed. “This right is one of the most cherished by Europeans, with over 14 million of them studying, working or retiring in another EU state.”
British companies are already turning to Romanians to work for them as chefs, care workers, midwives, doctors and even lapdancers as restrictions on the UK labour market were lifted today, Daily Mail informed.
UK employers are advertising nearly 5,000 positions on Tjobs.ro this morning, a Romanian recruitment website which claims to help 160,000 from the country find work in Western Europe.
Many say the low-skilled jobs in this country will provide them with ‘cash daily’ and others claiming knowledge of English is ‘not necessary’.
Some 4,896 jobs were advertised today as being available in England, along with 80 in Northern Ireland, 24 in Scotland and 20 in Wales.
Workers from Romania and Bulgaria will be able to work freely in the UK from today after temporary labour restrictions were lifted under EU treaty rules.
In the past year more than 60,000 British jobs have been advertised in Romania, as well as weekly job fairs.
A senior councillor says he does not expect [British] Boston to be ‘overwhelmed’ when working restrictions are lifted for Romanians and Bulgarians, Boston Standard informed.
Much has been made of the fact that EU labour restrictions are lifted for both countries on January 1, meaning more people are free to come to work in the UK.
Boston has been held up in the national press as an example of the impact of the last wave of EU migration following census figures which showed the borough’s non-UK born population rose from 1,727 in 2001 to 9,790 in 2011.
The increase – 8,063 – was 467 per cent and the figures showed Boston had the biggest Polish community outside the south east, with about 3,000 Poles making their home in the borough.
A national debate has raged about the possible numbers of new arrivals in the UK, but Boston borough councillor Mike Gilbert believes people in the town should not expect to see a big change.
Tory MP Mark Reckless went to Luton Airport, claiming he was concerned that large numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians may come to the UK, ITV informed.
"I'm here this morning because my party - the Conservatives - we made a promise that we would cut immigration from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands a year."
"And my concern is that if we do see large numbers coming from Romania and Bulgaria then that could knock us off that target and the promise we made to the electorate," he said.
Bulgarians and Romanians have Wednesday gained the right to freely access labour markets in each of the 28 EU member states, Deutsche Welle comments.
9 EU member states – Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK - lifted the labour restrictions imposed on Bulgarian and Romanian working people.
Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU in 2007, becoming the poorest member states.
It is expected around 180,000 immigrants will come into Germany. The change [to free movement of workers in the EU] has raised concerns over some so-called “poverty immigrants” being able to benefit from the social welfare systems in richer EU countries.
Despite the negative attitude towards people with Bulgarian citizenship in Macedonia, which is no longer a secret for European institutions, Skopje takes into consideration the fact that lifting the labour restrictions imposed on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals as of Janury 1 will be to the advantage of those who possess Bulgarian identity documents.
"Macedonians who have Bulgarian identity documents will be able to work freely in the EU," Press24.mk and Brif.mk comment.
Media in Skopje as a whole pay great attention to the lifting of labour restrictions and to comments in western media.
"Finding a job in the EU has become fast and easy for everybody who has Bulgarian IDs," Maxim.mk writes.
"Bulgarians and Romanians will have the same rights [as citizens of other EU member states] on the EU labour market," Libertas.mk informes.
A lot of Macedonian onlines news editions comment on the issue as well as Alfa and Sitel televisions.
Macedonian media also report extensively on the campaign in the UK generated by fears the social security system will face certain issues due to the lifting of labour restrictions.
"European Commission welcomes the lifting of EU labour restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians as of January 1, 2014," Employment Commissioner László Andor said, cited by ITAR-TASS.
He remarked Bulgarian and Romanian citizens could enjoy their right to free access to the EU labour market without being issued a working permit.
The European Commission does not believe Bulgarians and Romanians will migrate en masse to other EU member states despite the lifting of the labour restrictions.
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Romanians met by MPs as they arrive on first flight to UK after labour market restrictions lifted

Romanians met by MPs as they arrive on first flight to UK after labour market restrictions lifted

1 January 2014 | 18:17 | FOCUS News Agency
London. The first Romanians and Bulgarians with unrestricted access to the UK labour market have begun to arrive despite last-ditch efforts to prevent a feared wave of fresh immigration, The Telegraph reported.
Romanians landing at Luton Airport were greeted by Tory MP Mark Reckless and Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz, who said that those arriving today provided just a ''snapshot'' of those expected to come to the country over the coming months.
The 180-seat aircraft from Tirgu Mures only had 140 passengers on board, he said, most of whom already live and work in the UK.
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Romanians and Bulgarians 'could knock target off track'

Romanians and Bulgarians 'could knock target off track'

1 January 2014 | 15:01 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Tory MP Mark Reckless went to Luton Airport, claiming he was concerned that large numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians may come to the UK, ITV informed.
"I'm here this morning because my party - the Conservatives - we made a promise that we would cut immigration from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands a year."
"And my concern is that if we do see large numbers coming from Romania and Bulgaria then that could knock us off that target and the promise we made to the electorate," he said.
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Councillor: “Unlikely [British] Boston will see many new migrants from today”

Councillor: “Unlikely [British] Boston will see many new migrants from today”

1 January 2014 | 14:52 | FOCUS News Agency
London. A senior councillor says he does not expect [British] Boston to be ‘overwhelmed’ when working restrictions are lifted for Romanians and Bulgarians, Boston Standard informed.
Much has been made of the fact that EU labour restrictions are lifted for both countries on January 1, meaning more people are free to come to work in the UK.
Boston has been held up in the national press as an example of the impact of the last wave of EU migration following census figures which showed the borough’s non-UK born population rose from 1,727 in 2001 to 9,790 in 2011.
The increase – 8,063 – was 467 per cent and the figures showed Boston had the biggest Polish community outside the south east, with about 3,000 Poles making their home in the borough.
A national debate has raged about the possible numbers of new arrivals in the UK, but Boston borough councillor Mike Gilbert believes people in the town should not expect to see a big change.
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Macedonians with Bulgarian identity documents – easy and fast access to EU labour markets

Macedonians with Bulgarian identity documents – easy and fast access to EU labour markets

1 January 2014 | 14:27 | FOCUS News Agency
Skopje. Despite the negative attitude towards people with Bulgarian citizenship in Macedonia, which is no longer a secret for European institutions, Skopje takes into consideration the fact that lifting the labour restrictions imposed on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals as of Janury 1 will be to the advantage of those who possess Bulgarian identity documents.
"Macedonians who have Bulgarian identity documents will be able to work freely in the EU," Press24.mk and Brif.mk comment.
Media in Skopje as a whole pay great attention to the lifting of labour restrictions and to commentaries in western media.
"Finding a job in the EU has become fast and easy for everybody who has Bulgarian IDs," Maxim.mk writes.
"Bulgarians and Romanians will have the same rights [as citizens of other EU member states] on the EU labour market," Libertas.mk informes.
A lot of Macedonian onlines news editions comment on the issue as well as Alfa and Sitel televisions.
Macedonian media also report extensively on the campaign in the UK generated by fears the social security system will face certain issues due to the lifting of labour restrictions.
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British employers advertise to recruit 5,000 in Romania as doors open to more EU migrant workers today

British employers advertise to recruit 5,000 in Romania as doors open to more EU migrant workers today

1 January 2014 | 11:02 | FOCUS News Agency
London. British companies are already turning to Romanians to work for them as chefs, care workers, midwives, doctors and even lapdancers as restrictions on the UK labour market were lifted today, Daily Mail informed.
UK employers are advertising nearly 5,000 positions on Tjobs.ro this morning, a Romanian recruitment website which claims to help 160,000 from the country find work in Western Europe.
Many say the low-skilled jobs in this country will provide them with ‘cash daily’ and others claiming knowledge of English is ‘not necessary’.
Some 4,896 jobs were advertised today as being available in England, along with 80 in Northern Ireland, 24 in Scotland and 20 in Wales.
Workers from Romania and Bulgaria will be able to work freely in the UK from today after temporary labour restrictions were lifted under EU treaty rules.
In the past year more than 60,000 British jobs have been advertised in Romania, as well as weekly job fairs.
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Mass immigration 'unlikely' as millions of Romanians and Bulgarians find work elsewhere

Mass immigration 'unlikely' as millions of Romanians and Bulgarians find work elsewhere

1 January 2014 | 08:20 | FOCUS News Agency
London. More than three million Bulgarians and Romanians have already left their homelands for parts of Europe where there are better job prospects – but they have not come to the UK, The Independent comments.
That revelation by the EU commissioner in charge of labour law was timed to calm fears that hundreds of thousands of eastern Europeans will enter the UK this year.
The quarantine period that has kept Bulgarians and Romanians out of the jobs market in the UK and eight other EU states ended at midnight last night, seven years after the two countries achieved full EU membership.
But their citizens have long since enjoyed unrestricted access to 19 EU states, allowing millions of Bulgarians and Romanians to find work abroad – making it unlikely that the UK will face the kind of mass immigration that followed Poland’s EU entry in 2004.
Laszlo Ander, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, claimed in a statement: “It is unlikely that there will be any major increase following the ending of the final restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian workers.”
He added that there are two million unfilled job vacancies in the EU, reinforcing the case for allowing EU citizens to move across borders to search for work.
“The free movement of people has been one of the cornerstones of EU integration,” he claimed. “This right is one of the most cherished by Europeans, with over 14 million of them studying, working or retiring in another EU state.”
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European labour market opens for Romanians, Bulgarians

European labour market opens for Romanians, Bulgarians

1 January 2014 | 04:44 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Romanians and Bulgarians will have the right to work in any of the European Union's 28 countries from Wednesday, sparking fears of mass invasion and benefits tourism in Britain and Germany, AFP reports.

Britain rushed through a series of measures to ban EU migrants from claiming unemployment handouts from the moment they arrive, while German lawmakers raised concerns about social benefits fraud. But Bucharest and Sofia slapped down the fears, saying their countrymen are not planning an exodus en masse.

In Sofia, President Rosen Plevneliev asserted in his New Year's Eve speech that Bulgarians "would like to have a worthy job" at home, and "not to buy a one-way ticket and leave Bulgaria".

Bulgarian and Romania joined the European Union in 2007, becoming the bloc's poorest members. Wary of large numbers of jobseekers arriving from the two countries, several EU countries kept their job markets closed to citizens from the two countries for several years following the accession.
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The Telegraph: Bulgarian migrants are given lessons in exploiting British benefits

The Telegraph: Bulgarian migrants are given lessons in exploiting British benefits

31 December 2013 | 02:42 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Recruitment agencies are offering Bulgarian migrants practical tips and advice on how to exploit the benefits system when they arrive in Britain after January 1, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
Agencies have been set up specifically to help people from one of Europe’s poorest countries navigate the generous social security system once they are in the UK.
Thousands of migrants from Bulgaria and neighbouring Romania are expected to start arriving in Britain on January 1 when current employment restrictions are lifted.
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Iain Duncan Smith: Britain's benefits system being threatened by immigrants

Iain Duncan Smith: Britain's benefits system being threatened by immigrants

31 December 2013 | 01:38 | FOCUS News Agency
London. The “integrity” of Britain’s benefits system is being threatened by European Union rules allowing immigrants to come and live and work unrestricted in the UK, Iain Duncan Smith has said, as cited by The Telegraph.
With Britain opening its borders to Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants from tomorrow [JAN 1], Mr Duncan Smith said that toughened restrictions will ensure that foreigners are not allowed to “take advantage”.
His comments came as think-tank warned that UK wages as well as the country’s benefits system will act as a “magnet” to two million Romanians and Bulgarians already living in Spain and Italy.
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Britons ready to welcome migrants from Bulgaria and Romania, poll finds

Britons ready to welcome migrants from Bulgaria and Romania, poll finds

29 December 2013 | 02:09 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Ipsos Mori survey shows 72% of people aged 35-44 support rights of east European workers to live and work in UK
Romanians and Bulgarians coming to the UK on New Year's Day will be welcomed by more than two-thirds of Britons if they integrate and work hard, a new poll suggests ahead of restrictions on them being lifted, the Guardian reported.
In spite of a surge of anti-immigrant rhetoric from leading politicians, British people are happy to accept migrants from the east of Europe who learn English, get a job, pay taxes and become part of their local community.
As many as 68% of those asked said they would be happy for migrants to come on those terms. That sentiment was particularly strong among people aged between 35 and 44, with 72% supporting their right to come to live and work in the UK.
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Bulgarians and Romanians make up one in 10 of the homeless people living on London’s street, charity reveals

Bulgarians and Romanians make up one in 10 of the homeless people living on London’s street, charity reveals

29 December 2013 | 01:06 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Around ten per cent of London's homeless are from Bulgaria or Romania, statistics reveal.
Figures released by homeless charity Broadway show there were an average of 1,672 people living rough on the capital's streets between May and October this year, the Daily Mail reads.
Of those, an average of 13 were from Bulgaria and 157 from Romania, the charity found.
This means 9.8 per cent of London's homeless were from the two Eastern European countries on average - almost one in ten.
The average number of homeless people from the UK was 790 - around 47 per cent.
This means 53 per cent of those sleeping rough in London between May and October were from other countries
Romanians were the second largest group, outnumbering those from Portugal, Spain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy combined.
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David Cameron urged to soften tone on immigration

David Cameron urged to soften tone on immigration

28 December 2013 | 03:34 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Conservative modernisers have urged David Cameron to tone down his harsh language on immigration and welfare because they believe it is alienating voters, the Independent reports.
The Bright Blue group, a cheerleader for Mr Cameron’s drive to detoxify the Conservative brand, is worried that his modernising project has stalled and has called for a “more balanced” message that does not stigmatise immigrants or benefit claimants.
The appeal to the Prime Minister comes after he rushed through curbs on EU migrants claiming benefits in Britain before Romanians and Bulgarians get the right to work in the UK on 1 January, and George Osborne signalled a further £12bn of welfare cuts after the 2015 election.
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David Cameron acting shortsightedly over immigration, says Lech Walesa: The Guardian

David Cameron acting shortsightedly over immigration, says Lech Walesa: The Guardian

24 December 2013 | 05:00 | FOCUS News Agency
Warsaw. Lech Walesa, the first democratically elected president of post-communist Poland, has criticised David Cameron for acting "irrationally and shortsightedly" over immigration from eastern Europe, the Guardian reports.
In the most high-profile attack on the prime minister by an east European politician, the Nobel prize winner who led the Solidarity trade union movement said Cameron had failed to appreciate the benefits to Britain from the end of the cold war.
Walesa showed his anger by joking in an interview with a Polish news channel that the collapse of communism had perhaps been a mistake, as he pointed out that Britain had benefited from the ending of the iron curtain. He told Poland's TVN24: "I could say that ending communism was a great mistake so that Great Britain would have to arm itself and spend much more than it is currently contributing to Europe.
"Poles finished communism and Great Britain profited significantly from this. [Cameron] should not forget this, he should do the maths. He should realise that Poles finished with this system at the cost of 70% of their economy. He should see this and then he will understand that Europe, that countries like Great Britain, are again behaving irrationally and shortsightedly."
Walesa, who won the Nobel peace prize in 1983 after leading the Solidarity strikes in the Gdansk shipyard, spoke out after Cameron said at last week's EU summit that the last Labour government had made a mistake in not imposing restrictions on workers from Poland and seven other eastern European countries which joined the EU in 2004.
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Slower immigration could lop 11% off UK economy: study

Slower immigration could lop 11% off UK economy: study

23 December 2013 | 13:57 | FOCUS News Agency
London. A pledge by Britain's government to slow immigration could make the economy 11 percent smaller by 2060 and taxpayers would have to fund higher public spending, a study by a leading research institute showed on Monday, Reuters reported.
Immigration has become a hot issue ahead of elections in 2015 and the end of restrictions on workers from Romania and Bulgaria on January 1.
Prime Minister David Cameron promised in the run-up to the last election in 2010 to slash net migration to the "tens of thousands" by 2015, down from the 200,000 a year expected under current trends.
But a halving of net migration over the period to 2060 would have "strong negative effects" on the economy, said the new study, published by the independent National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
"The level of both GDP (gross domestic product) and GDP per person fall during the simulation period by 11.0 percent and 2.7 percent respectively," it said.
Furthermore, lower numbers of immigrants, who tend to be young, would add significantly to public spending, as a share of the economy, in order to care for a generally older population.
"To keep the government budget balanced, the labour income tax rate has to be increased by 2.2 percentage points in the lower migration scenario," the report said.
That meant net wages would be 3.3 percent lower in 2060 than if immigration flows remain unchanged, it added.
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Belfast Telegraph: Britain 'can absorb new migrants' from Bulgaria, Romania

Belfast Telegraph: Britain 'can absorb new migrants' from Bulgaria, Romania

23 December 2013 | 11:11 | FOCUS News Agency
London. The Government should be preparing for the impact Bulgarian and Romanian migrants will have on schools and housing instead of alarming the public and announcing "symbolic gestures", a report said, as cited by the Belfast Telegraph.
The UK will be able to absorb the expected influx of migrants next year if ministers adopt contingency measures to deal with pressures arising in local areas, t he centre-left think tank Institute for Public Policy Research said.
EU restrictions on movement of Bulgarians and Romanians will be lifted on January 1.
Plans to restrict migrants' rights to benefits are being rushed through Parliament, with immigrants from all EU states having to wait three months before being able to apply for jobseeker's allowance and other out-of-work benefits.
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Bulgaria's President Plevneliev warns David Cameron on immigration

Bulgaria's President Plevneliev warns David Cameron on immigration

23 December 2013 | 03:33 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev has made a stinging intervention in the UK's immigration debate, attacking what he calls David Cameron's attempts to ply nationalists – and warning the PM to consider how history will judge him. In an interview with the Observer, two weeks before the lifting of UK labour restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians, Plevneliev called for Britain to stay true to its legacy as "a great global power that pioneered integration" and not play on people's fears. In a direct warning to Cameron, he said: "Isolating Britain and damaging Britain's reputation is not the right history to write." Trud daily also quoted Plevneliev as telling the Observer Britain could learn from how Bulgaria had adapted to the first wave of immigrants in its modern history, with some 11,000 people arriving from war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East in the last two years.
Darik Radio and Bulgaria On Air cite analyses of AFP on the topic of lifting labour market restrictions in EU member states for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals. AFP comments that many “Eurosceptic” parties are indignant about lifting the restrictions and insist on stricter control upon immigrants. In its extensive analysis AFP notes the economic impact of the measure upon numerous EU countries.
At the same time, British Deputy PM Nick Clegg vowed to block new attempts to introduce restrictions upon EU immigration to the UK, Darik Radio learnt.
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EU Commissioner Andor: End of labour market restrictions in EU for Bulgaria, Romania nationals draws near

EU Commissioner Andor: End of labour market restrictions in EU for Bulgaria, Romania nationals draws near

23 December 2013 | 03:06 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. In an interview with BNR Mr Andor comments on his expectations over the lifting of labour market restrictions as of January 1, 2014. Eventual complications could arise as in some countries, the UK in particular, there is “inhospitable and unfriendly rhetoric” regarding the date, he says. At the same time, the government found it necessary to introduce particular safeguard measures to guarantee Bulgarian and Romanian nationals will not take advantage of the social security system unreasonably. Mr Andor voices the European Commission (EC)’s regret that such rhetoric and “political posturing” are involved when it comes to the foreign workers topic. He adds that the term “social tourism,” used by some tabloids and officials in the UK, is meant to instil fear from worker migration as no country speaking of the phenomenon has so far managed to prove it. In Mr Andor’s words, often it is not the foreigners abusing the social security system, but their employers, who take advantage of their ignorance over workers’ rights. Mr Andor also speaks of the specific problem with Roma population, emphasising on good practices, such as Roma children being obliged to go to school or their parents - to support themselves.
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MWC News: Change in EU migrant law stirs xenophobia

MWC News: Change in EU migrant law stirs xenophobia

23 December 2013 | 02:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Fears that Eastern European workers will flood the EU labour market are unfounded, experts say, as nine European countries are set to lift all remaining curbs on migrants from Bulgaria and Romania on January 1, MWC News reports.
The decision to remove the restrictions in countries including Germany, Britain, France and the Netherlands raised fears that an influx of workers would overwhelm social security systems and schools, while these countries are still recovering from recession.
However, employment agencies from Romania, as well as surveys and anecdotal evidence from the poorest EU states, suggested that any new arrivals will slowly trickle in.
"The ones who wanted to leave have already left," Adriana Lorga, director of the employment agency in Giurgiu, a deprived town in southern Romania, told AFP news agency.
But the issue of lifting restrictions is still a sensitive one in many EU countries.
The British government recently rushed through legislation that will restrict EU migrants from claiming unemployment handouts as the country braces for what it estimates to be 30,000 to 70,000 Bulgarian and Romanian migrants per year.
"Britain will not be invaded by Romanians and Bulgarians", Simina, a student at the Bucharest University of Economics and Cybernetics, told AFP news agency.
"We would go to Western Europe to study but we do not want to settle there, especially as we see the discriminating comments against us," she said.
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Bulgaria issues fierce rebuke to David Cameron over migrants

Bulgaria issues fierce rebuke to David Cameron over migrants

22 December 2013 | 14:56 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The president of Bulgaria has made a stinging intervention in the UK's immigration debate, attacking what he calls David Cameron's attempts to pander to nationalists – and warning the PM to consider how history will judge him, Guardian commented.
In an exclusive interview with the Observer, less than two weeks before the lifting of all restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians seeking work in the UK, Rosen Plevneliev called for Britain to stay true to its legacy as "a great global power that pioneered integration" and not play on people's fears. In a direct warning to Cameron, he said: "Isolating Britain and damaging Britain's reputation is not the right history to write."
In recent weeks, the British government has rushed through a series of changes to its welfare system and even stepped in to temporarily prevent Bulgarians and Romanians from receiving student loans, before the lifting of immigration restrictions on 1 January.
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Bulgaria warns migration laws risk Britain's reputation

Bulgaria warns migration laws risk Britain's reputation

22 December 2013 | 00:59 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev on Saturday warned Prime Minister David Cameron his tough rhetoric and policies on immigration risked damaging Britain's reputation and leaving it isolated, AFP reported.
Plevneliev told The Observer newspaper that Britain should see itself as "a great global power that pioneered integration" and resist nationalist calls for hard laws to limit immigration.
Cameron recently announced that he would rush through legislation banning migrants from other EU countries from claiming unemployment and housing benefits until they have been in Britain for three months as part of a package of measures to restrict "benefit tourism".
"Isolating Britain and damaging Britain's reputation is not the right history to write," warned Plevneliev, in an interview published on the British paper's online edition.
"Bulgarian people are raising a lot of questions today about the democratic, tolerant and humane British society.
"Are we in Great Britain today writing a history of a switch to isolation, nationalism and short-term political approaches?" he asked.
Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin on Thursday slammed Britain's clampdown as being driven by unfounded "hysteria".
"Bulgarians are not beggars in Britain," he stressed.
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Bulgaria handles successfully pressure from migrants in 2013: minister

Bulgaria handles successfully pressure from migrants in 2013: minister

21 December 2013 | 20:55 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev thanked the ministry’s employees in a congratulation letter for their support and dedication to their work. The congratulation letter is connected with the festive season.
“In 2013 the efficient cooperation between all institutions and the structures of the civil society helped us handle successfully the pressure from migrants exerted on Bulgaria. Shared responsibilities and resources of organisations were of particular importance in tackling this issue. We ensured public order and lawfulness during the daily protests in the capital city. We ensured the normal functioning of institutions. The achieved results attest the professionalism and responsibility of the Interior Ministry employees. Our duty and tolerance let the Interior Ministry employees deal with the main challenges,” the letter reads.

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Anti-migrants fence at Bulgaria-Turkey border to be extended: official

Anti-migrants fence at Bulgaria-Turkey border to be extended: official

21 December 2013 | 12:04 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Fence at the Bulgarian-Greek border, built to stop the entrance of illegal immigrants will be extended. The measure will be officially proposed by Secretary General of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry, Sveltozar Lazarov, FOCUS News Agency reporter informed.
Speaking with journalists after the ceremony for the marking of the professional holiday of the General Directorate of Border Police, Lazarov said, as follows: “I undertook the engagement in my capacity of a professional head to refer to the political leadership of the ministry the issue and the possibility to extent the 30-meter fence at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey and thus secure broader protected space”.
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The Economist: British immigration - You’re welcome

The Economist: British immigration - You’re welcome

20 December 2013 | 09:31 | FOCUS News Agency
London. “Britain’s newspapers are full of stories about your poverty, criminality and hunger for welfare. Its politicians rail against the European freedom-of-movement rules that will let you in and scramble to make it harder for you to claim benefits. Its population is more hostile than the Germans or the French: almost half of Britons believe their government should ban you from the country even if it is against the law to do so. You might just, as a result, have got the impression that you are not welcome.
But you are. On behalf of The Economist’s home country, we invite you to come and work here. Beginning on January 1st, you can go anywhere in the European Union. We hope lots of you choose Britain. Although our leaders seem to have forgotten, Britain pushed for your country to join the EU, knowing that you would one day turn up on our doorstep,” The Economist writes.
“The going will be rough at first. But the history of many waves of immigration tells us that, before too long, you will be folded comfortably into British society.
It is not your fault that most of our countrymen don’t want you. Partly, the problem is the Poles. Ten years ago, when Britain was one of only three countries to open its doors to them, the government assured voters that just a few tens of thousands would come, and probably not for long. Instead more than half a million arrived. And, as well as being workers who cut cabbages and painted walls (displacing some British labourers by the simple expedient of turning up on time), they proved to be human beings who settled down and had children. We weren’t fully prepared for that.”
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Deutsche Welle: Are citizens of Bulgaria, Romania packing up to migrate?

Deutsche Welle: Are citizens of Bulgaria, Romania packing up to migrate?

20 December 2013 | 08:19 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. As of January 1, 2014 Bulgarians and Romanians will be allowed to work in other EU member states, Deutsche Welle comments.
Despite the forthcoming eased access to foreign labour markets, the citizens of the two Balkan countries are not waiting with their suitcases all packed up. This is what Sven-Joachim Irmer, head of the international bureau of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Romania and Moldova, has said.
“It is normal for citizens of the EU to look for jobs and education in other member states,” Irmer remarked, adding that according to him, there would not be a migration wave, as widely discussed by the West European media.
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British PM rushes in restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians

British PM rushes in restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians

19 December 2013 | 02:22 | FOCUS News Agency
London. British PM David Cameron hopes that if he rushes in restrictions on the rights of migrants to claim benefits in the UK, the country will become less attractive for EU migrants who want to exploit its services and benefits system, Sega daily reported. The new controls will become effective as of 1 January 2014 and will force EU citizens to wait three months before claiming state benefits. Meanwhile, Jonathan Todd, Spokesman for EU Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor, stated at a press conference that the UK and all other EU Member States should inform the European Commission (EC), if they plan to amend their social legislation in a way that affects EU citizens. Mr Todd also added that the EC would decide whether the new measures comply with EU legislation.
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Benefits delay is obstacle for jobless immigrants, says Iain Duncan Smith

Benefits delay is obstacle for jobless immigrants, says Iain Duncan Smith

18 December 2013 | 13:09 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Immigrants should remain the responsibility of their home country until they start paying taxes, and the coalition will go "much further" in its efforts to keep out those without jobs, Iain Duncan Smith has said, after unveiling plans to stop new arrivals from Europe claiming benefits for at least three months, The Guardian reported.
The coalition is preparing to rush new restrictions through parliament amid concern about the prospect of a wave of migration from Bulgaria and Romania when EU restrictions are lifted on 1 January.
Duncan Smith said the three-month benefit ban was a method of "putting obstacles in the way" of people moving to the UK without work or another means of support. He said ministers would do much more to make sure immigrants remained the responsibility of their home country until they started paying work-related taxes and became residents in Britain.
"What I've set up to do over the past year and a half is to get in a group of European nations who all agree with us about two things," the work and pensions secretary told Sky News. "First of all to go much further than this. Eventually there's an agreement generally that in essence that if people do travel to another country in due course we want to tighten it up so you remain the responsibility of your home nation until you've demonstrated in due course that you're resident, you're earning, you've been paying taxes and therefore you become eligible for benefits.


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Britain will block benefits to new EU migrants, says Cameron

Britain will block benefits to new EU migrants, says Cameron

18 December 2013 | 09:36 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Rules to stop European Union citizens immediately claiming benefits upon arrival in Britain will be in place when our borders are opened to Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants, David Cameron has said, cited by the Telegraph.
The Prime Minister said that the Coalition was “accelerating” the start of new restrictions in a bid to “make the UK a less attractive place for EU migrants”.
It will be seen as an attempt by Mr Cameron to appear tough on immigration before Romanians and Bulgarians gain the right to live and work unrestricted in Britain on January 1.
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Immigration fears raised in study

Immigration fears raised in study

18 December 2013 | 04:48 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Nearly three-quarters of people think the Government has failed to provide enough information on what will happen when restrictions to the UK Labour market are lifted for Romanians and Bulgarians, a survey has found, The Courier reports.
A broad study of Britons’ thoughts and feelings towards future Romanian and Bulgarian immigration revealed strong support for tough limits on access to benefits for new European migrants.
A total of 80% of respondents to the survey by independent immigration think-tank British Future backed tougher measures.
However, 77% said they would welcome migrants from Romania and Bulgaria who work hard and pay taxes, learn the language and become part of the community.
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Tories rush through curbs on benefits access for Romanians and Bulgarians

Tories rush through curbs on benefits access for Romanians and Bulgarians

18 December 2013 | 04:24 | FOCUS News Agency
London. David Cameron is rushing through a block on European Union migrants' access to benefits from 1 January, the politically fraught date when the remaining work restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians will be lifted in the UK, The Guardian reports.
From New Year's Day all jobseekers from the EU will have to wait for three months from their arrival in the UK before they can apply to claim any out of work benefits, Downing Street announced.
The scrambled clampdown betrays the extreme nervousness in Downing Street at the possible reaction of potential Tory voters – and increasingly restive Tory backbenchers – if the public decide ministers have failed to take every measure possible to prevent Romanians and Bulgarians travelling to Britain en masse.
David Cameron said he believed the restrictions would "make the UK a less attractive place for EU migrants who want to come here and try to live off the state".
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British government may impose a cap of 75,000 on annual EU immigration

British government may impose a cap of 75,000 on annual EU immigration

17 December 2013 | 03:40 | FOCUS News Agency
London. British government is considering a plan to impose a cap of 75,000 on annual EU immigration. It also proposes blocking EU immigrants from claiming benefits or tax credits for their first five years in the UK. The UK has already introduced tougher English tests for immigrants. However, a research published by the Independent and quoted by BNR, shows that young British citizens are more concerned with British politicians’ hostile comments and think that governmental reaction towards immigrants should not be so discriminatory.
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British government considers EU immigration cap of 75,000 a year (UPDATE)

British government considers EU immigration cap of 75,000 a year (UPDATE)

16 December 2013 | 06:52 | FOCUS News Agency
London. The British government is considering a plan to impose a cap of 75,000 on annual EU immigration following a review of freedom of movement policies, it has emerged, The Guardian reports.

But the suggested policy, which emerged in a leaked government report, has already been criticised by one senior Tory backbench MP who said that the government will not be able to stem an expected increase in immigration in January from Bulgaria and Romania. The reported proposal, and criticism from a senior Conservative, reflect increasing tensions within the party over how to deal with fear from the electorate over immigration which has been fanned by sections of the media.
The leaked government report on the effect on Britain of the EU’s policy allowing free movement of people suggests a cap could cut net migration from EU countries by 30,000 from the current 106,000 a year. The document, seen by the Sunday Times also suggests blocking EU immigrants from claiming benefits or tax credits for their first five years in the UK.
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UK Work and Pensions Secretary  to Bulgaria, Romania mingrants: Speak English or lose benefits

UK Work and Pensions Secretary to Bulgaria, Romania mingrants: Speak English or lose benefits

13 December 2013 | 13:08 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Migrants whose English is judged to be so poor that they would struggle to find work in Britain could be denied benefits, Iain Duncan Smith has announced, as cited by The Telegraph.
The Work and Pensions Secretary said the Government was overhauling the test that enables migrants to claim benefits to prevent them from taking advantage of the welfare system.
The revamp addresses growing public concern that hundreds of thousands of immigrants could come to Britain next month when restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians are lifted.
However, the change is likely to bring Britain into further conflict with the European Commission, which is already suing Britain for requiring European Union immigrants to pass a test it claims is unlawful before they can claim benefits.
Mr Duncan Smith said that the move was both legal and necessary to protect Britain from “benefit tourists”.

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Bulgarian-Turkish fence project not yet endorsed: Minister

Bulgarian-Turkish fence project not yet endorsed: Minister

12 December 2013 | 18:17 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The project concerning the construction of a fence along the Bulgarian-Turkish border has not been introduced and endorsed yet. Bulgaria’s Defence Minster Angel Naydenov announced the news, FOCUS News Agency reporter informed.
“This project needs to be introduced by the Interior Ministry. After that procedures according to the Spatial Development Act will be launched, i.e. a permit for the construction needs to be issued and [public] procurements concerning the supply of [construction] materials will be assigned,” Mr Angelov stated.
He believes administrative procedures could be completed in about forty days and the construction of the fence could take another forty days, if the weather conditions are good.
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EU employment ministers decide on straightening “posted worker” rules

EU employment ministers decide on straightening “posted worker” rules

11 December 2013 | 02:09 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. EU employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs ministers, who met on 9 and 10 December in Brussels, agreed to straighten the rules for “posted workers” from Eastern Europe, Nova TV, 24 Chasa and Sega dailies learnt. The ministers insist on amendments to laws allowing companies to hire cheaper labour force from other countries in the bloc. The proposed measures, however, met opposition by several Eastern European states.
This would mean that negotiations on the new legislation lie ahead of member states and the European Parliament.
Every year more than 1 million EU workers seek employment in another member state in spheres such as construction, agriculture and transport.
While calls are spreading in the UK to limit the access of Bulgarians and Romanians to social benefits and the labour market, MEPs from both countries defended the right to free movement, BNT adds.
On Tuesday Bulgarian and Romanian nationals protested in London against the plans of the British government to restrict various rights of citizens of the two countries, 24 Chasa daily, Sega daily, BNT, bTV, and Darik Radio report. Their demand received backing from MEP Monika Panayotova (EPP), as cited by BNT and Darik Radio. In recent days MEP Iliana Yotova (PES) and Hannes Swoboda, Chairperson of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, also vowed support for the free movement of EU citizens.
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The Telegraph: Home Office draws up plans in case of Romania and Bulgaria 'surprises'

The Telegraph: Home Office draws up plans in case of Romania and Bulgaria 'surprises'

11 December 2013 | 00:53 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Senior civil servant confirms for the first time the Home Office is devising special plans for lifting of restrictions on eastern European migrants on January 1, The Daily Telegraph reads.
The Home Office is drawing up emergency plans in case there is an influx of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants when restrictions are lifted in three weeks’ time, the department’s most senior civil servant has disclosed.
Mark Sedwill, the Home Office permanent secretary, told MPs planning was taking place to deal with any “surprises” when the two eastern European countries - with a combined population of 27 million - win unrestricted rights to work in this country.
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Rotterdam and The Hague rebel against migrants

Rotterdam and The Hague rebel against migrants

10 December 2013 | 01:28 | FOCUS News Agency
The Hague. Municipal authorities in Rotterdam and The Hague are planning to carry out inspections of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants’ accommodations and will deny immigrants a national registration number unless they meet stringent checks, Sega daily reports. However, Dutch Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher warned that Rotterdam and The Hague would be breaking EU law. At the same time, about 100 Bulgarians and Romanians protested on Monday in front of the residence of UK PM David Cameron in London against his discriminatory policies against migrant workers, dailies Sega and 24 Chasa point out.
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Britons should stop complaining about immigrants and find a job of their own

Britons should stop complaining about immigrants and find a job of their own

9 December 2013 | 16:07 | FOCUS News Agency
London. High street veteran Sir Stuart Rose claims it's not the fault of Bulgarians and Romanians if they are prepared to come to the UK and work longer hours, and for less money, than Britons are prepared to, The Telegraph reported.
Sir Stuart Rose has told people complaining about immigrants coming to work in Britain to go out and find a job of their own.
More immigrants should be allowed into the UK because British people don’t want jobs at Domino’s, said the chief executive of the company.
Lance Batchelor said the pizza chain was unable to expand quickly enough because of a lack of people wanting to take jobs as drivers and chefs.
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