20% rise in Eastern Europe workers

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Published: Wednesday 12th November 2014 by The News Editor

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The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen by 20%, official figures have revealed.

Some 189,000 people from the two Eastern European countries “by birth” were working here by the end of September, up 31,000 on the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. This also compares to 150,000 in the final quarter of last year.

The figure was 167,000 “by nationality”, which does not include those who have adopted British or other citizenship, the ONS said.

Employment curbs were lifted for citizens of the so-called A2 countries on January 1, prompting warnings of a looming surge of immigration from the likes of Ukip.

Published: Wednesday 12th November 2014 by The News Editor

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