Vast Majority of Bulgarians, Romanians in UK Have Jobs
Working age Bulgarians and Romanians are more likely to be employed in Britain than UK-born people of a similar age, according to official data.
In the three months to September 2013, 76.9 per cent of Romanian and Bulgarian nationals in the UK aged between 16 and 64 were employed, the Office for National Statistics data show.
This compares to merely 72.7 per cent for UK-born people in the same age group, The Financial Times informs..
The data apply to a period when migrants from the two EU newcomers were able to live in the UK but only work under certain circumstances, such as if they were self-employed.
British tabloids recently launched a large-scale anti-migration campaign stirring fears of the claimed “wave” of Bulgarians and Romanians who would “drain” Britain's welfare system after the lifting of work restrictions on January 1, 2014.
The anticipated mass immigration of Romanians and Bulgarians after lifting restrictions on January 1 has so far failed to materialize.
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