Number of jobless Romanians and Bulgarians has soared 15-fold in Britain in just eight years

December 30, 2014 11:56 am

Chairman of the Commons home affairs select committee, Keith Vaz has called for a firmer approach to dealing with jobless migranta GETTY

Home affairs chairman Keith Vaz calls for more scrutiny when dealing with jobless migrantsA total of 46,000 working age
migrants are out of work compared with just 3,000 in 2006 – the year
before the countries became a part of the European Union.
Newly released figures show one in five migrants available for work from both European nations is unemployed.
But their 80 per cent employment rate is still higher than that of British workers, which stands at just 72 per cent.
More
than 250,000 people from the two countries are now based in the UK and
are coming to British shores at a rate of close to 50,000 a year.
The
figure is an increase of around six-fold in eight years according to
findings from Oxford University’s Migration Observatory.

Although most of the people who have come here have come to
work, the UK is also an attractive place for people who want to claim
benefits and that problem has not been solved
David Green, directer of the think tank Civitas

The situation has led to increasing
concerns as to the impact of migrant workers heading to the UK to work
after restrictions were lifted on them this year.
David Green,
director of the think tank Civitas, said: “Although most of the people
who have come here have come to work, the UK is also an attractive place
for people who want to claim benefits and that problem has not been
solved.”
Now, around 252,000 Romanians and Bulgarians are living
in Britain following the changes to residency restrictions it has
emerged following a closer look at the official Labour Force Survey.
Out of that figure, a total of 189,000 are employed – leading the employment rate to stand at 80 per cent.
Back
in 2006, there were around 43,000 migrant workers here, with 36,000 of
the 39,000 who were able to work in employment – leading to a 92 per
cent employment rate.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons home
affairs select committee, said: “It is my impression that people come to
work but it appears that as communities get settled they may not have
work as their first objective and start bringing in dependants.
“We
need to study this carefully and work out how we can ensure those who
come are able to come for work and not to be unemployed.

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