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Britons to Welcome Hard Working Bulgarian, Romanian Migrants - Poll

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | December 29, 2013, Sunday // 08:12| Views: 2216 | Comments: 6
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Bulgaria: Britons to Welcome Hard Working Bulgarian, Romanian Migrants - Poll As of January 2014, restrictions are lifted on Romanians and Bulgarians seeking long-term work in other EU member states. But experts say expectations of massive immigration from the two countries are likely unfounded. Photo by Deutsche Welle

The overwhelming majority of Britons are ready to welcome migrants from Bulgaria and Romania, if they integrate and work hard, a new poll suggests ahead of restrictions on them being lifted.

The Ipsos Mori poll for the thinktank British Future shows 72% of people aged 35-44 support rights of east European workers to live and work in UK.

As many as 68% of those asked said they would be happy for migrants to come on those terms. That sentiment was particularly strong among people aged between 35 and 44, with 72% supporting their right to come to live and work in the UK.

The new poll finds that only one in four Britons (24%) believe that restricting the free movement of people, while staying in the EU, should be one of the government's priorities. A similar proportion (26%) said leaving the EU should be a priority if it does not change its rules on allowing people to come to the UK.

Nearly half (45%) said that enforcing the minimum wage was one of the most important ways of stopping business undercutting British workers by paying European workers less. Around one in five (22%) believed in the importance of managing the impact of immigration by, for example, giving more support to areas heavily affected.

The polling also showed that, while a significant majority did want a tightening of the welfare system (63%), just 2% of those asked believed that there was nothing migrants from Romania and Bulgaria could do to be accepted.

This compares with 69% who said that learning the English language should be a priority for migrants, and 64% who said getting a job and paying taxes were among the key things to do.

Sunder Katwala, director of British Future, said: "I think the findings show that Romanian and Bulgarian migrants coming to work and play by the rules are welcomed; that coming to work, and not claiming before they've paid in, seems more important to people than rewriting the free movement rules or getting out of Europe, though both are legitimate long-term debates."

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joppy - 31 Dec 2013 // 18:17:30

It looks like the British people are smarter than their government LOL. What do they teach in British schools how to effectively run an empire, whilst preventing people from resisting by keeping them happy. It seems Western governments have become too arrogant, too confident and too cocky, before they know it there empire will slip out of their hands, works for us. By all means If I were British I would vote for UKIP, it would hasten the empire's demise.

Honest Joe - 31 Dec 2013 // 13:57:03

It does no such thing. Idiot

Mat - 29 Dec 2013 // 14:11:50

The Brits want cheap food and they're running out of their own peasants to pick them, so they need to import some.

peterperfect - 29 Dec 2013 // 10:10:52

This proves that, despite all of Farages rantings and the newspaper hype the British public see through it all and make their own minds up, and again prove that they are an accommodating and welcoming people.

Maudlin - 29 Dec 2013 // 09:48:29

British degenerates love and respect their Muslim and Indian brothers more than the Eastern Europeans.

Tania Oz - 29 Dec 2013 // 08:58:14

"Sunder Katwala, director of British Future"..........LOL, that says it all doesn't it. Everyone already knows that when you go to GB, you can play the game of "spot the Pommie". This is nothing new. So the current political point scoring and xenophobia regarding the Bulgarian/Romanian influx of immigrants is rather benign and a moot point.

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