Far fewer workers come to Britain than expected

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians coming to work in Britain saw a slight increase in the second quarter of 2014.

From April to June, the workforce from the two Eastern European countries rose by eight per cent to 132,000, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The increase comes after border controls were fully lifted at the beginning of the year, as required by the European Union’s freedom of labour laws.

The Migration Matters Trust said that while there had been a small increase in the first six months of the year, it was nothing on the scale predicted by the UK Independence Party – one of the most fervent opponents of the reforms.

Atul Hatwal, director of the cross-party group of politicians, businessmen and trade union leaders said: “These figures expose the scale of scaremongering by Nigel Farage and UKIP over Romanian and Bulgarian migration.

“Farage predicted there would be 5,000 a week arriving for several years. Today’s government statistics show that in the first six months of the year, the total rise in the numbers of Romanian and Bulgarian nationals was just 7,000.

“By the end of June, according to UKIP’s forecast on Romanian and Bulgarian migration, the number should have been 130,000 – an over estimate of almost twenty times.”

Overall, the ONS figures show that 1.8million people born in one of the EU’s 27 member states had jobs in Britain during the three month period.

However, this number will take into account people who were employed for only a matter of days or weeks and wouldn’t be included in the Government’s own net migration figures.

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