Dr Ion Jinga, Ambassador of Romania to the UK : The Case of Romanians’ ‘Benefit Tourism’ Is a Myth

The increasing number of jobs advertised by British employers to Romanian citizens is a confirmation that Romanians are hard working people, highly appreciated for their skills and professional expertise and not least for their work ethic.

A recent report produced by the University of Oxford Migration Observatory said that 59.1% of workers from Romania and Bulgaria were self-employed in 2013.

This figure can be easily explained: for many Romanians and Bulgarians the self-employed status was the only legal way to work in the UK. It also explains how it was possible that 40% of the work force who built the Olympic Village in 2012 were Romanians, whereas the constructions sector was closed to them.

This confirms that most of Romanians who wanted to come and work in the UK already did so, in spite of restrictions. They filled shortages on the British labour market. I expect that many Romanians who worked as self-employed will now change their status, and I know that some of them are already discussing with their employers to sign proper work contracts.


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