Bulgaria Back Door Migrants 'Threaten to Leave Britons Homeless'

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | September 24, 2010, Friday // 15:06| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Back Door Migrants 'Threaten to Leave Britons Homeless' From September 2009 until the end of June 2010, 17 000 ethnic Bulgarians from Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia and Russia, have received Bulgarian passports. Photo by BGNES

Housing experts in Great Britain have fueled the country's fears of an increase in immigrants, saying the British housing shortage is set to be put under greater strain by millions of outsiders who could gain EU citizenship through the back door.

"Pressure from a steady stream of immigrants will no doubt become problematic within all housing sectors," said Sim Sekhon, spokesman of housing lobby group Legal 4 Landlords.

According to the organization only 100,000 homes will be created this year and the shortage could see thousands of Britons miss out.

Local media was quick to pad out the figures with reports that Bulgaria will be handing out hundreds of thousands of passports which could allow non-EU citizens to come to the UK.

The reports were prompted by Diaspora Minister Bozhidar Dimitrov, who claims that more than 500 000 ethnic Bulgarians from Bessarabia, the historic region of today's Moldova and southwest Ukraine, are eligible to become Bulgarian citizens.

From September 2009 until the end of June 2010, 17 000 ethnic Bulgarians from Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia and Russia, have received Bulgarian passports.

The information was published in the Bulgarian press in response to news coming from the UK raising alarm that 4 to 5 million ethnic Hungarians, Romanians and Bulgarians obtaining citizenship will soon become a major burden for the EU job market.

In Bulgaria, the number of newly granted citizenships went up after the appointment of the center-right cabinet of the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party and the Minister without Portfolio for Bulgarians Abroad, Bozhidar Dimitrov.

The UK estimates, however, seem very much exaggerated since Romania announced a capacity of 60 000 new passports annually. Hungary will grand in 2011 passports to 2.6 million people living in Slovakia, Romania and Serbia, but the first two are already EU Member States while Hungarians in Serbia are estimated at 300 000.

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