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May 18, 2021

Romanian Ambassador to London: 15,000-25,000 Romanians will go to the UK after 2014

Romanian Ambassador to London Ion Jinga and his Bulgarian counterpart gave assurance in the British Parliament on Tuesday that the estimations made by the British press regarding the number of Romanian and Bulgarian nationals that would move to Great Britain after 2014 were an exaggeration. Romanian Ambassador Ion Jiga said in front of the members of the Committee on Home Affairs of the House of Commons that 15,000 to 25,000 Romanians would most likely go to Great Britain after the abrogation of labour restrictions on January 1, 2014. Jiga explained he had no crystal bawl, but he trusted that the improving Romanian economy, the decreasing unemployment and the greater choice of affordable housing would keep the number of Romanians moving to the UK within reasonable limits. ‘At this point, the preferred destination of Romanians is Romania’, Jinga said, according to ‘the Guardian’. ‘A majority of the 80,000 -100,000 Romanians working in the UK already came here to work in shortage occupations such as constructions’, said the Romanian ambassador. Bulgarian Ambassador in London, Konstantin Dimitrov, told British MPs that the predictions of 350,000 Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants to the UK were ‘exaggerations’. Dimitrov expects approximately 8,000 to 10,000 Bulgarians will migrate to Great Britain after the removal of labour restrictions.Monday, Dimitrov said the arguments of the nationalist United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) against the Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants to the country. UKIP has distributed various fliers warning about the consequences of Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants’ arriving to the UK. ‘I have seen certain elements of hostility’, Dimitrov said. ‘We don’t believe this is how the British people in general feels about Bulgarians, but it is a desolating and discriminative campaign from several points of view’, the Bulgarian ambassador said Monday.

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