by Martin Brown
Bulgarian and Romanian migrants would be nearly nine times better off if they move to Britain when access restrictions are lifted at the end of the year, a study revealed yesterday....
The other side of the coin. Bread costs about 5 lev a loaf, cigarettes about 15 lev for 20, a beer about 6 lev. Council tax around 270 lev PER MONTH rent on a 3 bed house.apartment about 1700 lev PER MONTH. Car fuel about 3.20 lev per litre, average electricity prices about 200 lev per month. All this plus all the other needs for everyday life and living means that you NEED nine times the average Bulgarian wage to scrape along the bottom in the UK. Please, please do not "hoodwink" your Bulgarian readers with headlines that make the eyes go misty so they are unable to see the pitfalls. So many other immigrants have gone to the UK to "make their fortunes" only to end up in poverty with their dreams smashed. I am not suggesting that Bulgarians can't better themselves in the UK, with a large amount of luck (especially in this economic crisis) and hard work it can be done but, it is not as easy as this article and similar ones suggest, for every success there may be 20 failures.
And the British moving to Bulgaria are bringing their money with them from the UK rather than taking money from Bulgaria, In fact Britons must sign a declaration here that they will not take anything from Bulgaria's social fund. Britain now has more than 4 million young people unemployed plus the older unemployed many of whom have been fired by unscrupulous companies in order to replace them with cheap labour from abroad - and the British government can do nothing to tackle this situation because of EU rules. It is one thing for a foreign worker to spend a few uncomfortable years in cramped housing and take home a pile of money. It is another thing for the Briton who is trying to build a home and family in his own country and can not be sure if he will still have a job next year - and has no other country to run home to after a few years
So the UK Gravy Train has hit the buffers - welcome to the real world!
It's also past time for the Too Fat To Work brigade to be given an orange "TITAN" jump-suit and a few kilometres of street to clean up instead of multi-generation hand-outs.
Warning ;-) : Beware Daily Express with its de-facto "Brits, beware
Bulgarians who will be robbing you"...............Nine Times Richer?
I'd recommend UBS study "Prices and Earnings: A comparison of purchasing power around the globe" :
Still the problem is obvious. Referendum?
Direct Investment into Bulgaria on the Rise Y/Y
A Third of Bulgarians Facing Energy Poverty