Is This the Future for Britain?
From The Daily Mail
German cities plead for help from Berlin as 'social peace' is threatened by large number of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants
Cities in Germany have warned that 'social peace' there is at risk due to an influx of economic migrants from Bulgaria and Romania.
In a stark warning to the UK, reports tell of an epidemic of illegal working, chaos in schools because so many children can't speak German, and an alarming increase in organised crime since the migrants arrived.
Dortmund, Hanover, Berlin and Hamburg say they are struggling to absorb a six-fold increase in economic migration from the two countries since 2006.
The rise is exacerbated by the euro crisis, which has forced Bulgarians and Romanians to seek a better life in their nearest big economy.
A report by the German Association of Cities says they face 'significant costs as a result of this poverty migration'.
They are demanding financial support from Chancellor Angela Merkel, telling her 'the social balance and social peace is extremely endangered'.
It comes as worried councils in the UK appeal for help with an expected influx of migrants from Bulgaria and Romania when they are given free access to our jobs market from the start of next year.
Westminster City Council is already spending thousands buying return tickets for Romanian rough sleepers when they arrive at Victoria Coach station.
It has warned that more arrivals will put greater pressure on already overstretched schools and housing services.
Councillor Nickie Aitken said: 'We need some firm answers from the Government both on numbers and whether we can expect any extra help for bulging school rolls and housing services already squeezed to the maximum.'
Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 but under 'transitional controls', most low-skilled workers have continued to require permission to come to the UK.
From January 1, almost 30million Romanians and Bulgarians will be entitled to live and work freely in the UK. Ministers won't put an estimate on how many will travel here but the campaign group Migrationwatch says it could be as many as 70,000 a year.
Officially, there are 42,000 Bulgarians in the UK, but unofficially it could be up to 80,000. There are also thought to be 93,000 Romanians already here.
In Germany there are more than 90,000 Bulgarians and 159,000 Romanians. They are not allowed to work legally until January 1, as in Britain. But they can stay under EU rules if they declare themselves to be 'self-employed'.
However the report by the German cities says: 'The Roma in particular end up in desolate conditions once they are here.'
Police claim Romanian gangs send children out each morning with instructions to steal. And in Munster new arrivals from Romania and Bulgaria last year formed a tent city alongside a canal.
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