This week, the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, published research which demonstrated that Romanian and Bulgarian migration to Britain had remained steady over the past few years. The Migration Observatory’s research contradicts fears that the lifting of transitional controls on 1 January 2015 would bring a surge of migrants into the UK.
Romanian & Bulgarian: No Visa Restrictions
On 1 January 2007, Romania and Bulgaria became member states of the European Union giving their nationals the right to not only enter and remain in the UK without a visa but also to work freely, providing they had an accession worker card.
At the beginning of this year, EU restrictions were removed and now Romanian and Bulgarians have the same rights as people from other EU member states. At the time, this had given rise to the question of whether there will be a sudden influx of Bulgarian and Romanian nationals arriving in the UK for the purposes of living and working.
Migration Observatory: Steady Growth of Romanian & Bulgarian Population in UK
The Migration Observatory’s research shows that the overall population of Romanians and Bulgarians in the UK rose from 205,000 in September 2013 to 252,000 in September 2014, an increase of 47,000. This followed a similar rise of 45,000 in the corresponding period in 2012-13.
“The growth in the Romanian and Bulgarian population of the UK has been steady for the last seven years, despite transitional controls that limited their access to the labour market and welfare state in the UK. The end of these controls do not seem to have had a very significant effect.”
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