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Harris: Work restrictions for Romanians in UK, to be lifted in 2014

The ambassador of the United Kingdom in Bucharest, Martin Harris said yesterday, during a conference on ‘Modern Slavery: The Impact of Labour Trafficking in Europe’ that the British government does not consider enforcing visas for Romanian citizens. “The position of the government of the United Kingdom remains the same: we have the restrictions that will last until the end of 2013 and will be lifted after that date,” Harris said, quoted by Mediafax. He added that it is difficult to anticipate what will happen when restrictions will be cancelled, but things will very much depend on the economic situation at the end of 2013. “Now we have an unemployment issue that affects mostly the youths,” Harris mentioned, adding that British authorities decided to enforce the restrictions based on the opinion of experts that analysed the labour market. At the present moment, according to statistics, 80,000 Romanian work legally in the UK, but it is difficult to find how many are working illegally.Harris mentioned that the British government is in favour of the free movement of labour force and against infringing this right, and it is very important for British authorities to collaborate with those of Romania in view of countering the human trafficking. According to the diplomat, statistics show that in the UK there are approximately 2,000 people – including Romanians – that fell victim to human trafficking.

France Expands List of Jobs Accessible to Romanians, Bulgarians

France will ease access to its labour market for Bulgarians and Romanians, dropping restrictions for a total of 291 jobs (up from the current 150) in sectors where employers find it hard to recruit staff, Sofia News Agency informs. The announcement came Thursday from France’s interior and employment ministries. The expanded list of jobs to which Romanian and Bulgarian nationals includes hairdressing, car bodywork repairs, moving services, green space maintenance, and management of kitchen staff.The full list covers most sectors, including hospitality, agriculture, fishing, industry, commerce, maintenance services, IT, banks and finance. The ordinance signed by Interior Minister Manuel Valls and Labor Minister Michel Sapin is dated October 1 and is to be published in Bulgaria’s State Gazette soon.

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