Bulgarian Ex-PM Assuages UK's Migrant Worker Fears

February 7, 2013, Thursday // 04:36
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Ex-PM Assuages UK's Migrant Worker Fears
Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev. Photo by BGNES

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stabishev has declared that there will be "no influx" of Bulgarians to the UK when labor restrictions are lifted at the end of 2013.

Stanishev, who is currently president of the Party of European Socialists, has told BBC that warnings of a surge in numbers coming from Bulgaria and Romania in January were "more a matter of scary domestic policy" than reality.

While he refused to predict how many Bulgarians would head to Britain, he pointed out that there were currently 35,000 Bulgarians in the UK in 2010, and only 600 were unemployed,

"We all give something to the European Union, we all benefit from this and I can assure you I'm absolutely confident there will be no influx of Bulgarian immigrants to the UK," Stanishev added.

Controversial claims have been recently  made by British media and politicians that hundreds of thousands of Bulgarian and Romanian workers will "flood" the UK after the end of 2013.

Romania and Bulgaria's citizens can move to Britain for work when temporary limits expire on December 31 2013.

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