The dreaded flood of Romanian migrants isn’t going to happen

As a Romanian living in Sheffield, I’m aware of the fears. But I found little evidence for them on a fact-finding trip in Bucharest

The stereotype of Romanians in the UK is of low-skilled workers, such as fruit-pickers and other seasonal workers, but some Romanian entrepreneurs see Britain as a place to do business. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

With less than two months to go until Romanians and Bulgarians gain free access to the UK employment market, the media campaign against them is well under way. "Allowing this new flood of migrants is economic lunacy," wrote Ukip’s Nigel Farage this week. The day before, the Daily Mail had reported: "Recruitment firms are being inundated with requests from Romanians about how they can claim benefits in Britain."


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