Financial Times: Romanians step onto UK soil into glare of political controversy

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Bleary-eyed passengers on the 6.30am flight from the Transylvanian city of Targu Mures arrived at Luton on New Year’s day and stepped immediately into the glare of political controversy, as work restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians were finally lifted.

The 140 passengers who rose early to catch the Wizz Air flight were greeted by television cameras and politicians, amid claims they were beneficiaries of an “irresponsible” open-door immigration policy

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The issue of Romanian and Bulgarian immigration will dominate European parliament elections in May, in which nationalist parties across Europe – including the UK Independence party – are expected to fare well.

Most of those arriving in Luton already live or work in the UK, but from January 1 workers from the two countries – with a combined population of about 29m – have full rights to work and claim benefits in any other EU country.

Romanians step onto UK soil into glare of political controversy – FT

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