UK 'Cannot Afford' Bulgarian and Romanian Immigrants

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by Godfrey Bloom

In 2014 there will be an unprecedented crime wave in Britain if we do not stop Romanian and Bulgarian citizens having open door access to British borders, claims UKIP MEP

No matter who is elected to run our police forces on November 15, Britain will be unable to stop the tidal flood of new immigrants because the government's hands are tied and it cannot stop restrictions being lifted without tearing up the treaty signed with Bulgaria and Romania when they joined the EU in 2007.

The government is frightened to predict how many Bulgarians and Romanians will move here because the previous administration grossly underestimated the numbers in 2004. It predicted fewer than 20,000 eastern Europeans would arrive but Office for National Statistics figures show more than 600,000 were working in Britain last year. Already, statistics have shown that Romania's population has fallen by more than 12 per cent since 2002 as hundreds of thousands leave the poverty-stricken nation for richer countries such as Britain.

Figures from the latest Romanian census reveal that migration and a low birth rate have pushed the population down to 19 million, a fall of almost three million in ten years, with one million Romanians working abroad. However, other estimates suggest the number of expatriate workers could be three million. There is no official figure for the number of Romanians in the United Kingdom, but British businesses advertised 2,400 vacancies in one month alone on a Romanian website for nurses, engineers and other jobs.

The exit of workers is also a moral one for Romania which has raised particular concerns in a country where only about five million employees pay taxes and most of the rest are pensioners, children, subsistence farmers or people working illegally. That is unsustainable.

A recent investigation also revealed that large numbers of Romanians are working in the UK as Big Issue vendors while also claiming benefits. Almost one in three Big Issue sellers – 700 out of a nationwide force of 2,250 registered vendors according to the magazine – was found to have come from Romania. Currently 90 per cent of cash point fraud is perpetrated by Romanian gangs; a Romanian pick pocket gang committed over 180 robberies and organised crime is rife, transporting their gangs by bus. They exploit children to beg and steal; they are dubbed the new 'Fagins' by many.

A disgraceful example of crime against the elderly was committed earlier this year when two members of a Romanian gang that targeted elderly people to steal their bank cards were jailed for six years each. Ioan Hutup, 30, and Elena Batan, 38, would spy on pensioners using their debit and credit cards at supermarket checkouts, watching them entering their PIN then following them home. They would then use a number of ruses to distract the victim while their card was stolen from them and then used to withdraw cash to buy goods. The sentencing judge said they would be deported at the end of their sentences. If only. They will be out in three years and then they will appeal that it is against their human rights to be sent home, when we will be stuck with them or face years of legal challenges with only the lawyers benefiting.

The Bulgarian administration is corrupt to the core, funded by the European Union.  If the rot is at the top, that filters down through society and we do not want that here. The pure economics of these countries will dictate the migration numbers. Bulgaria has the lowest average income in the EU. Poland has gross domestic product per capita of ,000 but Bulgaria's GDP per capita is just ,300. There are 30 million inhabitants in Bulgaria and Romania.

If just five per cent migrate here, that is a potential new labour market of 1.5 million looking for work. When we have one million youth unemployed rate and a general unemployment rate of 8.4 per cent, that is 1.5 million potential job and benefit seekers. We cannot afford the benefits, we cannot afford more British joblessness, we cannot afford the extra housing and strain on our infrastructure and we cannot afford a crime explosion. The Home Secretary Theresa May needs to address this situation urgently, to tear up the treaty signed by Labour to protect our borders and citizens.

Godfrey Bloom MEP represents UKIP in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire and is standing for election as police and crime commissioner for Humberside

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Cynthinu - 26 Jul 2014 // 14:18:51

In our remote part of County Durham, we've got a small Polish community and few if any problems.
I shall be a little surprised if we get any Bulgarians or Romanians round here at all.
Nevertheless I'm expecting an outpouring of hysteria from January 1st onward, not least from the tabloid press, who live by sensationalist stories.
My view is that we will probably get relatively few new immigrants and certainly the impact will be small compared with the Poles 10 years ago. It is highly probable the press will quickly lose interest, and the news agenda will move on.

BG-GB - 27 Dec 2013 // 16:01:14

If all the immigrants especially the Eastern European suddenly disappear on 01.01.2014 , UK will stop function as we know it:
1. Starbucks, Costacafe etc will close doors as the pretty blonds serving you have gone back to Poland, Slovakia etc
2. Offices and pubs and homes will be filthy with none left to clean them
3. Building sites will have no skilled and labour workers
4. Delivery vans, Cabs etc will be more then halved
5. Parents will have to stay home to look after their children as the child minding help is gone
6. Farmers will have to see their produce rot on the field

and please note that none of them actually works for less then the minimal wage in UK and none of them comes to claim benefits or other social care.

The oboe list only mentions the low-paid jobs, many more with degrees work behind the scenes in banks and offices and contribute greatly towards the UK quality of life.

Freedie - 5 Nov 2013 // 13:06:55

Good points by Sasha, the rich everywhere are exempt from contempt and discrimination even if they have criminal links.

I do, however, find ordinary Bulgarian's attitude a bit hypocritical too. They complain about the UK's populist rants against them and the way the are portrayed in British media as thieves and a threat to society yet the media and popular opinion in Bulgaria is currently portraying the Syrian refugees in the exact same position.

These are testing times for Bulgaria and if Bulgarians have felt discriminated or treated as 2nd class citizens by Western Europeans in the past they should remember that and offer the Syrian refugees a helping hand in their time of need.

trazvan - 5 Nov 2013 // 12:04:40

Heathrow Airport looks like Mumbay Airport. Entire regions in London looks like you're in China or India and now you are getting affraid of other emigrants? Why UK gvmnt is not closing the borders and instates visas fo every non-UK visitor? Why blame the emigrants when the actual issue is the UK gvmnt, your people?
If I keep my house doors wide open 24/7 I will expect friends and also thieves to visit me...this is the reality, but I do not blame them!?

UK's gvnmt incapacity to keep "bad visitors" in leesh creates a lot of Rasist reactions between people, when the actual cause is not the right one. Soon we'll see a Holocaust for Eastern Europeans and probably lots of UKs "highly civilized" people will agree with it. Is that civilization?

sa-sha - 8 Nov 2012 // 11:48:26

"In 2014 there will be an unprecedented crime wave in Britain if we do not stop Romanian and Bulgarian citizens having open door access to British borders", "90 per cent of cash point fraud is perpetrated by Romanian gangs", " Bulgarian administration is corrupt to the core...If the rot is at the top, that filters down through society and we do not want that here"+"Very accurate assessment Godfrey"=godly Godfrey+ steve44 =Sweet Pair(SP). Look, SP, what if to stop whining, to stop winding the snot on the
hand? You don't want Bulgarians/Romaniansin UK, in EU? Do lock the border for them, do expulse them from EU or leave EU Yourself. What's the problem? Or You think that UK officials
aren't in a current? They are, sure, as well as they are aware about the shameful-for any noble nation-fact: at least 25% of Russians who arrived to/live now in UK earned their millions by a criminal way. Still...the wise silence of both officials and people. Non olet. Or, by other words: "If the rot is at the top, that filters down through society". Congrats, SP!

great bear - 8 Nov 2012 // 00:24:50

What sick! Ill informed ignorant comments!
1, Majority of Eastern European people that have had the initiative to travel to another country for work are of great benefit, work very well and pay their way, majority sending money back home to support families in home countries.
2, I am actually working in the UK with 3 Slovaks, I prefer this because they work hard, serious for their work, produce quality workmanship, reliable. Many businesses in the UK prefer East European labour and one grower I know only employs Bulgarians!
3, Yes the majority of Bulgarian families dont have much income, but they are multi millionairs in the quality of life they have. good social structure, strong communities, no mortgages and little credit, superior survival skills. Maybe have nothing but will always give you anything, inviting you into their home with open arms.
4, just look at the daily news in the UK! shootings, stabbings. as a daily occourance in every city...
Wake up! Bulgaria is the place to be!

Mat - 7 Nov 2012 // 18:25:24

Thuggish looking gangsters live like kings, driving Ferraris and Bentleys while the general populace are paupers.

What, like Liverpool?

steve44 - 7 Nov 2012 // 17:20:36

Very accurate assessment Godfrey.
I've been to Romania and Bulgaria and seen the abject poverty and rampant corruption in both places. Thuggish looking gangsters live like kings, driving Ferraris and Bentleys while the general populace are paupers.

OBVIOUSLY the poor people will flood into Western Europe in their millions, bringing guns and drugs with them across the uncontrolled borders.

I always said it was stupid to even consider allowing these 2 countries into the EU. Who listened?!

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