UKIP has termed “misleading” a poll commissioned by the BBC that showed that few Romanians and Bulgarians were planning to migrate to the UK.
Nigel Farage MEP, the UKIP leader said: “Looking at the figures which the BBC have quoted in their report, their survey of 1,014 Bulgarian adults showed that 37% had considered moving to another EU state in the past five years (2.7m people); and that 36% intend to work elsewhere in the EU in 2013/14 (2.65m), of which 9.3% (689,000) stated the UK was their destination.
“In the survey of Romanian adults, 33% had considered moving to another EU state in the past five years (6.3m people); and 36% intend to work elsewhere in the EU in 2013/14 (1.8m), of which 4.6% (338,000) stated the UK was their destination. Together, the total considering moving to the UK in 2013 and 2014 was therefore over a million.”
Mr. Farage claimed that by converting the BBC’s “stated percentages into real figures, the story is a good deal more shocking than the BBC's headlines suggest.”
He went on to say: "According to the BBC's survey, three-quarters of a million adults from Romania and Bulgaria are currently in the process of trying to move to the UK in 2013/2014.
“Theses are figures that we should be worried about, when we have significant and rising youth unemployment, when the NAO says that next year the country will be 250,000 primary school places short, and when the Government admit that they want to build on 1,500 square miles to accommodate the increase in population.”