Romanians living in Britain send home nearly £500,000 every day, official figures revealed last night.
A total of £41million left the UK for the Eastern European country over a three-month period, said the Romanian Central Bank.
Last year alone, the Romanian economy was boosted by £2.5billion sent from abroad, it added.
The figures for the country’s UK-based nationals for January to March last year include cash transferred between banks or moved by money transfer.
If the level was maintained throughout 2010, it would mean more than £160million was sent to Romania from the UK over a year.
That would mean a rise of nearly 50 per cent on the 2009 total of £108million. But the figures do not include informal transfers and unofficial movements of money, including cash moved between friends and relatives.
This means the true total could be up to 30 per cent higher. An estimated two million Romanians work abroad, including 60,000 thought to live in the UK. Most live in North London and the South East of England. A further 25,000 each year are given work permits to enter Britain.