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The expected ‘influx’ of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens next year will compound the UK’s housing shortage, the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has warned.

The Essex MP and Minister conceded he did not trust the figures he had been given on how many Bulgarians and Romanians might travel to Britain once they have been given the right to live and work here next January.

Pickles said more work was needed to create a robust estimate but admitted he had not had talks with the Home Office over the issue yet.

Temporary seven year work restrictions were imposed on Romanians and Bulgarians in 2005 to protect the British labour market, but under EU laws they cannot be extended.

Mr Pickles told the BBC’s Sunday Politics show: ‘I have seen figures. I wasn’t confident of those figures. I have asked for a further explanation and when I’ve got that explanation and when I feel confident about the figures I’ll talk about them.

‘Given that we’ve got a housing shortage, any influx from Romania and Bulgaria is going to cause problems – it’s going to cause problems, not just in terms of the housing market but also on social housing markets.’

‘We do know of a number of boroughs that have a higher than average number of Romanians so I would expect to see influxes in the east of London, which is predominantly where they are now,’ he said.

He added that East London borough councils had done some work on predicting the extra housing they might need to accommodate the arrival of Romanians and Bulgarians.

However the Home Office has not produced an official estimate of how many of the 29m Romanian and Bulgarian citizens will take advantage of the new freedoms when controls are lifted.

However, one large East London landlord, who preferred not to be named, said that Councils in the area “making life extremely difficult for landlords by imposing an expensive bureaucratic licensing system on property owners”. Some Labour Councils are “declaring war on private landlords”, he added.  

The previous Labour government woefully under-estimated the number of migrants that came to Britain under the first wave of Eastern European immigration from new ‘A8’ EU member states in 2004.

Some predict that if Romanians and Bulgarians arrived at roughly the same rate around 300,000 could be expected to enter the UK. This would be more than double the current amount of annual housing completions in the UK, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Unlike non-EU migrants and students, who are being discouraged from coming to the UK, EU citizens can claim benefits shortly after arrival and EU students can access funded university education.

The Government is deterring – and even deporting – overseas students who pay their fees in cash, in favour of EU students who draw funding from the student loan company which will be extremely difficult (in some cases impossible) to recover.

On 1 July Croatia will join the European Union, but will have similar work restrictions imposed on them limiting employment to work permits holders, the self employed and students exercising treaty rights to study and work on a yellow card.

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See also:

UK to impose work restrictions on Croatians when they join EU on 1 July 2013

Migration Watch calls for 5 year extension to UK work restriction for 30m Bulgarians and Romanians

Jobless Europeans being paid £1000 by European Commission to work in UK

UKBA arrest 11 immigration offenders including a Bulgarian

Free Movement of EU nationals explained

UK Government wants curbs on EU migration

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

European Commission warning to UK on Free Movement rights and Comprehensive Sickness Insurance remains unanswered

Employment restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians extended until end of 2013

Yellow or Blue Card Refused – Appeal or Reapply?

How Romanians and Bulgarians working illegally without Yellow Card or papers can legalise their status in the UK

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians. UK jobs are available in the care industry.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email: info@majesticcollege.org

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  1. […] Romanian and Bulgarian influx will cause housing shortage […]

  2. […] Romanian and Bulgarian influx will cause housing shortage […]

  3. […] Romanian and Bulgarian influx will cause housing shortage […]

  4. […] Romanian and Bulgarian influx will cause housing shortage […]

  5. Angus McKay says :

    Not so Andrea there aren’t “jobs everywhere”. There are millions of British people unemployed. One toy store advertised vacancies and over eleven hundred people queued up for an interview – these were very qualified people who had been made redundant, had mortgages to pay, commitments to meet. The “jobs everywhere” to which you are referring are those illegal jobs where unscrupulous “employers” pay low wages to Romanians with and without “papers”.

    If Romanians are “not afraid of work”, are “over qualified” are “good workers”, why in their own country, in their own culture, with their own people, speaking their own language, are they failures – why is Romania such a poverty stricken country that Romanians are fleeing their own country to try and avail themselves of the benefits which the British have created, via hard work, for themselves.

    British (working class) people aren’t afraid – British working class are incensed that our National Health Service, schools and colleges, benefit system et al are crumbling due to an ever-growing influx of foreigners such as Rumanians dumping themselves and their families into our country.

    No one is “whipping up hysteria” – animosity is growing within the working class British – our governments had better stop immigration and remove those who shouldn’t be here, ie, without papers etc – or the animosity will turn to something more ???? You appear to look upon the British people as mugs.

  6. Angus McKay says :

    @JOHN ADAMS

    Hi John,

    I’ve signed your petition – I’ll contact others who will be happy to sign – thanks, much appreciated – this madness must be stopped.

    Cheers.

  7. Angus McKay says :

    Not so Andrea there aren’t “jobs everywhere”. There are millions of British people unemployed. One toy store advertised vacancies and over eleven hundred people queued up for an interview – these were very qualified people who had been made redundant, had mortgages to pay, commitments to meet. The “jobs everywhere” to which you are referring are those illegal jobs where unscrupulous “employers” pay low wages to Romanians with and without “papers”.

    If Romanians are “not afraid of work”, are “over qualified” are “good workers”, why in their own country, in their own culture, with their own people, speaking their own language, are they failures – why is Romania such a poverty stricken country that Romanians are fleeing their own country to try and avail themselves of the benefits which the British have created, via hard work, for themselves.

    British (working class) people aren’t afraid – British working class are incensed that our National Health Service, schools and colleges, benefit system et al are crumbling due to an ever-growing influx of foreigners such as Rumanians dumping themselves and their families into our country.

    No one is “whipping up hysteria” – animosity is growing within the working class British – our governments had better stop immigration and remove those who shouldn’t be here, ie, without papers etc – or the animosity will
    turn to something more ???? You appear to look upon the British people as mugs – you and yours are so wrong.

  8. Andreea says :

    Sadly, you may be right.

  9. The damage is done. An apology would be like ‘shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted’! Sorry, couldn’t resist that one.

  10. Andreea says :

    I agree and they will continue to do so, just watch the horsemeat scandal they were quick to point the finger at Romania and distract the public’s attention from the real issue. I hope a public appology will be made to Romania and it’s people.

  11. True Andreea, people are afraid because the press and anti-immigration groups like Migration Watch are whipping up hysteria by publishing scaremongering made up figures. The press are just selling newspapers and Romania is just another story to them, they don’t care who they hurt, as long as they get a story!
    Many Romanians have made it here despite the paperwork problems and other issues, and are doing very well. They are good workers and British worker have a right to fear them, because they present stiff competition in the job market.

  12. […] Romanian and Bulgarian influx will cause housing shortage […]

  13. Andreea says :

    If romanians wanted to come here they would papers or no papers, there are jobs everywhere whatever english people wont take we will, but romanians are not that desperate to come to the UK as they claim.We are not affraid of work we’ve been through it not just here but in every other country and I think we have proved we can still make it without papers. I believe its not the numbers of romanians coming they are affraid of but the fact that we might be over qualified for some of the jobs and we might leave the poor english ppl out of their office jobs.

  14. […] Romanian and Bulgarian influx will cause housing shortage […]

  15. John Adams says :

    Sign this petition to restrict Bulgarian and Romanians from entering the UK:
    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41492

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