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Bulgarian MEP Urges Brits to Calm Immigration Fears

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | December 26, 2013, Thursday // 19:44| Views: 1688 | Comments: 6
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Bulgaria: Bulgarian MEP Urges Brits to Calm Immigration Fears Ivaylo Kalfin. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian member of European Parliament and former Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kalfin has assured Britons they need not fear an influx of Bulgarian immigrants from January 1.

In a video address to the British people, Kalfin labeled UK politician Nigel Farage’s comments that 29 million Bulgarians and Romanians will flood the country as “nonsense”.

“This prediction is nonsense. The number is more than the total population of the two countries”, said Kalfin.

The MEP backed his argument with statistical data, showing that for every 600 unemployed British citizens, there is only 1 Bulgarian. He added that the total number of Bulgarian women receiving maternity benefits is 148.

“Most Bulgarians in the UK are there for working or studying. Bulgarian and Romanian students pay up to GBP 30 M annually to study there”, stressed Kalfin.

Last month, Ivaylo Kalfin wrote an open letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, urging him to drop the populist fears and proposed measures for curbing Bulgarian and Romanian immigration.

This came days after the controversial announcement of Cameron that he intends to introduce tougher restrictions for immigrants receiving social benefits.

The European Commission was critical of the UK government’s move as well, in what it called an “anti-European” policy.

You can watch the full address of Ivaylo Kalfin here.

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sa-sha - 28 Dec 2013 // 14:44:04

To wilfulsprite' "It would be like asking Bulgaria why it allows so many Russians to live there": Indians in GB vs Russians in BG? What a comparision! ;-).......Btw, Indians were under GB' yoke ("longstanding Commonwealth relationship"), while Bulgarians were under "longstanding" Turkish one, overturned just with "those Russians" help. So, Bulgarians' quite friendly stance to Russians can hardly puzzle, it's sooner their no less frendly stance towards Britons which may puzzle: "thanks" to the British pressure (Berlin Congress,1878) the BG territory was reduced:

Maudlin - 28 Dec 2013 // 05:08:45


then you guys, should be out of the EU as soon as possible. Your hypocrisy is endless. By one side you want all benefits from the EU, from another you treat your former colonies in Asia better than your new Eastern European partners. The famous British double standards at their best!

wilfulsprite - 27 Dec 2013 // 23:26:54


Cameron doesn't say that because
1) he claims to be reducing immigration from those countries, and
2) Britain has a longstanding Commonwealth relationship with India and Pakistan. It would be like asking Bulgaria why it allows so many Russians to live there.

wilfulsprite - 27 Dec 2013 // 23:22:50

Farage did not say that. He said that 29m Romanians and Bulgarians will be allowed to come to the UK to live and work, not that they will all come.

As for the numbers, according to Google,
population of Romania 21.33m
population of Bulgaria 7.305m
Total = 28.635m or 29m rounded.
If you include the numbers currently living elsewhere in the EU, 29m is an underestimate.

I have no opinion on how many will come, but I wish people, especially influential people, would stop misrepresenting what Farage said to try to discredit him.

madoods - 27 Dec 2013 // 16:37:01

In truth I do not believe that the British are particularly against the Bulgarians and Romanians who go there to work and pay taxes. The Roma, which these two countries will be very glad to get rid of I suppose, are the ones the Brits do not want, although from what I have read there are already plenty of them there, doing what they do best. It is probably as Nick Griffin said in an article I read on Novinite, that the British will be accused of racism if they complain about those from Africa and Asia, and in fact I believe Griffin himself was arrested for racism for voicing his concerns on the subject.

Maudlin - 26 Dec 2013 // 22:45:28

Not that I like Kalfin much, but in that particular case he is absolutely right. British degenerates have found the easy-going Bulgarians as an easy target where they could build up their immigration propaganda. Why don't Cameron show his sharp teeth against the pakis, or indians or other illegals in UK, mmmm?

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