February 19, 2014
The Office for National Statistics has today released its quarterly Labour Market Statistics which show that the number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK in the period October-December 2013 was estimated to be 144,000. This is compared to 102,000 for the same period in 2012, an increase of 41 percent.
Commenting on these figures, Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK said:
"These latest figures show a steady increase in the number, just of workers, from Romania and Bulgaria in the UK even before restrictions were lifted in January - an increase of 30-40,000. This looks consistent with our central estimate of 50,000 net migrants a year for the next five years from these countries."