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Monday, 30 December 2013

Romanian MPs warn us that swarms of migrants are coming to live in UK

HUNDREDS of thousands of Romanians will flock to the UK from other European countries in the New Year, the Sunday Express was told last night by one of the country’s top MPs.

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The largest wave will arrive from recession-hit Spain and Italy to take advantage of Britain’s blossoming economy, warned the MP, Aurelian Mihai. He said two million of his countrymen are thought to be living in the two Mediterranean countries but face racial abuse, a lack of job prospects and no access to unemployment benefits.

Many of them, he added, are now eyeing a move to the UK when work visa restrictions are lifted on January 1.

Mr Mihai, who was elected by Romanians living in Western Europe to represent their interests in Bucharest, admitted the UK was an attractive destination.

He said: 
“It is true Romanians in Spain and Italy have hard times finding and keeping jobs due to the recession.
“Whatever the final number of Romanians who choose to emigrate, the British economy and the British nation will see a very real and positive contribution from their work.
“At the end of the day Romanians want a chance to work and be paid like anyone else, mostly in construction, agriculture, and the service industry, and to use that to create better lives back home, to build a house, finance a child’s education, or simply to get enough capital to start a business.”
The Romanian population in Italy is ­estimated to be 1,000,000, 15 times greater than the number living there 10 years ago. A similar number live in Spain, a figure which has shot up 30-fold in a decade.

Large numbers of the migrant workforce have seen their jobs wiped out by the ­economic difficulties in both countries. They also complain of being targeted for daily abuse by locals.

By contrast there are only around 90,000 Romanians living in the UK. They have reported a largely positive reception and have access to benefits when out of work.

Mr Mihai angrily dismissed claims Romanians were going abroad merely to live off the state. He told the Sunday Express
“I think it’s insulting to lower the debate to the level of accusing Romanians and Bulgarians of wanting to come to the UK to claim benefits.
“The suggestion to us as European citizens is not only a tired one but a serious insult to the concept of European citizenship. Such stereotypes need to disappear if we are to really enact European Union legislation that allows all EU citizens the same rights.”
William Brinza, a spokesman for Romanians abroad, ­did concede it was well known the UK had a good benefits system that was still paying out to support people despite a difficult couple of years economically.

He said: 
“We all know the UK fulfils all the expectations of the citizens even in these times of recession in terms of what it offers in benefits, but the UK does not need to worry, as I know my people well, and very few will want to be living on benefits.”
Romanian Adrian Dobre, 38, has been working in the construction industry in Spain for five years and said: 
“We get paid far less than the locals even when we get paid at all, and we get treated badly for doing the worst jobs.
“I’m fed up and after spending Christmas back home I’m going to go to the UK. With my experience I am sure I’ll find work and be paid much better than here.”

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