Number of Romanian workers in Britain hits new high

Office for National Statistics says migrants from Bulgaria and Romania topped 150,000 in the second quarter of this year, up by 13,000, as overall EU migration jumps by 187,000 in just three months

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in Britain has hit a new high after migrants from the two eastern European countries gained full access to the labour market at the start of this year.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed there were 153,000 people from the two countries working here in the second quarter of this year, up 13,000 or just over 9 per cent year-on-year.

Compared with the same period in 2012 the total was up 47 per cent, and 59 per cent on the figure for April to June 2011, when there were just 96,000 here.

The figures showed there may have been a late influx of migrants from the two former Communist states.

Figures for the first three months of the year, following the end of employment restrictions on Romania and Bulgaria on January 1, showed a marginal fall from 144,000 to 140,000.

Number of Romanian and Bulgarian workers in Britain hits


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