Bulgarians in UK Are No Beggars - Foreign Min
Bulgarians living and working in the UK are not there to take unfair advantage of the country, but are rather a valuable asset for it, according to Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Vigenin.
"Bulgarians in Britain are no beggers. They do not exploit the social system - they contribute to the system much more than they are receiving from it," said Vigenin in an interview for bTV Thursday.
The Bulgarian top diplomat stressed that most Bulgarians in the UK are of high professional qualification, while those that are not work sectoral jobs that British citizens avoid and thus also make an important contribution to the country.
"The greater problem for Bulgaria is that those people are not here to contribute to Bulgaria's economy," said Vigenin.
Starting January 1, 2014, the UK will fully liberalize the working regime for Bulgarians and Romanians, as required by EU legislation.
But the government has announced restrictive measures on receiving social benefits for migrants, in a latest development of a social and political situation that got nicknamed "the UK migrant scare."
In the interview Thursday, Buglaria's Foreign Minister Vigenin described the policy as "unfortunate."
He connected worries in the UK about Bulgarian and Romanian migrants with a wider wave of nationalism in the EU, but said he hopes that it will subside soon.
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""The greater problem for Bulgaria is that those people are not here to contribute to Bulgaria's economy," said Vigenin. - f" - Kind of agree with this comment - but not 100%. We saw how the "young intelligent men" from abroad fixed the country during Simeon 2. I mean when velcher and vasilev nearly destroyed the country when they came back from us and uk.
These articles never mention *in-work* benefits. If you work in Britain and have a low paid job, you won't pay any tax until you have earned almost £10000, and you will be entitled to tax credits which top your wages up,as well as child benefits and some Housing Benefit. This isn't just about unemplioyment benefit.
Nobody earning under £18000 in Britain contributes more than they take out - it's a very high tax and spend country.
Even if you bring two children with you, their schooling will cost the taxpayer £10-12000 per year.