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  • 13 August 2014, 10:46

Immigration: Rise In Romanians And Bulgarians

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians coming to work in the UK has increased by 10% to 153,000, new figures show.

The Office for National Statistics puts the number for April to June at 13,000 higher than for the first quarter of the year, when 140,000 Romanians and Bulgarians were working in the UK.

The figures for the beginning of the year indicated the fears over an influx after restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK were lifted had failed to materialise.

However, the new figures show the numbers of immigrants now working in the UK are rising again.

In response to the fears over a surge in European migrants, David Cameron introduced a raft of measures aimed at clamping down on what they could claim in benefits.

He has also announced he will implement moves to safeguard "British jobs for British people" by stopping adverts for jobs in the UK appearing on a European Commission website.

The figures come as George Osborne is poised to introduce a tax on low paid migrants, effectively stopping them from benefiting from the personal allowance - the amount an employee can earn before paying income tax.

It seemingly puts him at odds with former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major who has praised immigrants for having 'guts and drive', which he said were a "very Conservative instinct".

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