When Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU the government said that we would not have an influx of workers coming to Britain and helping employers to depress wages still further. Official figures show the opposite – and it’s still going on.
Data from the Office for National Statistics published in October show the number of Romanians and Bulgarians resident in Britain soared by 79 per cent in the previous two years.
Last year there were 413,000 citizens from the two countries resident in Britain, up from 230,000 in 2014. Some 80 per cent of the total were migrants from Romania. The majority from both countries were aged between 16 and 49 years, and all but 11,500 of those aged 16 to 64 were working.