THE Daily Express crusade to maintain controls on migrants coming from Bulgaria and Romania has been given unexpected backing – from their fellow countrymen already in the UK.
With fewer than two months to go before restrictions are officially lifted and the expected influx begins, the message from Romanians and Bulgarians living here is that their compatriots should be blocked from coming to Britain.
Bogdan Teodorescu, 24, who picks fruit in Kent during the summer and is a dishwasher in London in the winter, said: “It’s hard enough anyway to get work.
“Opening up the border can only make it worse for everyone.
“I’ve got a lot of friends who think the same.”
Adela Dumitrache, 27, who works as a nanny in London, said: “There are people here that make a valuable contribution to the economy and they should be allowed to stay and legalised, but they shouldn’t go letting more people in.”
Window-fitter Mladen Dimitrov, 34, who lives in Birmingham but works for a Bulgarian company, said: “Opening up markets and letting more people in is only going to make it harder for everyone and drive down rates.”
Nicoleta Vasilescu, 24, from Romania, who speaks five languages and works in a hotel, said: “It is only going to devalue everything for the rest of us.”
Their comments came as the number backing our crusade to say “No” to new EU migrants hit the 30,000 mark yesterday.
Over the weekend 10,000 added their names to the list on our website while readers continued to send in coupons to the newsroom.
David Cameron insists there is nothing he can do under EU law to avoid lifting temporary controls at midnight on December 31.
The Prime Minister says that we are obliged like other EU member states to lift these restrictions.
They were imposed when Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU in 2007 and were designed to put a strict limit on their citizens’ rights to work here.
Campaigners estimate that as many as 70,000 a year could move here from the two countries once the controls are lifted.
Last week the Daily Express reported how one in three jobs advertised by Romania’s toprecruitment agency Tjobs was based in Britain.
Out of the 87,786 vacancies on the agency’s website, 28,577 were for British jobs.
The figures have added credence to fears of a mass influx from the two countries when work restrictions are lifted on January 1.
Tjobs spokesman Calin Stefanescu said the huge populations of Romanians in Spain and Italy will find Britain an attractive place to escape allegations of widespread racism and abusive employers in those countries.
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