THE Home Office has not rejected a single request by British firms to employ Bulgarian immigrants since 2007, it was reported last night.
Konstantin Dimitrov, Bulgaria’s ambassador to the UK, said he had never heard of a work permit application being turned down – even though the Border Agency is told to refuse requests if British workers can fill the role.
The disclosures raise concerns over whether the freedom of movement restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants had ever been working properly.
Mr Dimitrov said: “Most of all those who wanted to work here, especially since we became a member of the EU in 2007, have managed to do so.
“Bulgarians are not immigrants, they are members of the European Union and are moving freely inside the EU.
He criticised “anti-Bulgarian propaganda” and said some politicians were making “highly prejudicial” comments.
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