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Romania’s prime minister has said that the UK does not need to fear an ‘invasion’ of immigrants because he believes people from his country are better off staying at home. Victor Ponta said he was ‘rather perplexed’ by reports in the British press that the UK faces a new wave of eastern European arrivals when EU ‘freedom of movement’ laws change in 2014. Writing in The Times newspaper, he said Romanian workers ‘will not rush to Britain’ because they will be too ‘busy developing their own country’. Romanians and Bulgarians have had restricted rights to come and work in Britain since the two countries joined the European Union in 2007.
Mr Ponta said Britain should not worry because he is introducing a series of policies in Romania which will stimulate growth and strengthen the economy. He wrote: ‘Our people are, by far, our most valuable, cherished and significant resource. And we will do our utmost to keep them in the country. The Prime Minister also suggested that British people should follow on the footsteps of Prince Charles and visit his country as a tourist destination. He also suggested Chelsea football club’s upcoming fixture against Steaua Bucharest as an ideal opportunity for British tourists to visit his country.