Sir Andrew Green, Director of influential anti-immigration pressure group MigrationWatch UK, is calling on the British Government to extend work restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians for a further 5 years.
The current 7 year restrictions on working in the UK are due to end in 2014 according to the treaty signed with Bulgaria and Romania when they joined the EU in 2007.
But Home Secretary Theresa May has indicated support for an end to free movement of EU workers, which would effectively involve tearing up that treaty.
Sir Andrew said Britain has taken far more eastern European migrants than any other country and wants the government to delay in the lifting of restrictions.
He added: ‘I think there could be a significant spike from Romania and Bulgaria, particularly as the economies in other parts of the EU are suffering serious difficulties.
‘Neither Spain nor Italy are a good bet at the moment if you’re looking for a job. I think we need a further five year extension of the transitional arrangements.’
Almost 40,000 Bulgarians and Romanians moved to the UK last year, according to figures, with an estimate 130,000 living in Britain.
A Sunday Telegraph investigation has revealed that loopholes allowed 50,000 Bulgarians and Romanians to land ‘restricted’ UK jobs by illegally declaring themselves ‘self-employed’.
The ‘disguised employment’ UK jobs included hotel and restaurant workers, sales staff, tax-drivers and lap-dancers. Romanian and Bulgarian websites are advertising many thousands of similar jobs.
Critic argue that British jobs will be at risk when some 30 million Bulgarians and Romanians acquire full freedom of movement rights to live and work in the UK from 1 January 2014. See: ‘Free Movement of EU nationals explained’
Employers are also complicit in breaking immigration and tax laws by hiring workers who are clearly employees on so-called self employed contracts. In these cases workers from the two countries are wide open to exploitation.
There are other options for Bulgarian and Romanian migrants who want to work in the UK, such as WP1 work permits (for skilled workers), seasonal agricultural work and au pair permits. But thousands are choosing the more flexible yellow card work study route, which allows full time work for those taking vocational work-based courses such as NVQ’s.
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