No estimates yet of number of Romanians and Bulgarians coming to UK

It is still early to estimate the number of Romanians and Bulgarians who have entered the UK since 1st January 2014.

Immigration Minister Mark HarperThe restrictions on migrants from Romania and Bulgaria were lifted on 1st January 2014. There was media-fuelled panic about Romanians and Bulgarians arriving in mass but so far this has not happened and there are no signs it will happen anytime soon.

In a written response to Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East, Immigration Minister Mark Harper said the Office of National Statistics and the Department for Work and Pensions will publish in May 2014 the first statistics covering the period after the expiry of transitional controls.

“The first national data release which will provide information on Romanian and Bulgarian nationals in employment in the UK after the lifting of transitional controls will be the quarterly Labour Force Survey,” Mr. Harper said.

The data will be published on 14th May 2014 and released by the Office for National Statistics.

This release will include employment numbers and rates by nationality and country of birth, covering the period January to March 2014,” Mr. Harper said.

The minister further said that the Department for Work and Pensions will publish on 22nd May 2014 statistics for national insurance number allocations to foreign nationals for the first quarter of 2014.

The report to be published by the Office for National Statistics on 28th August 2014 “will include provisional estimates of long-term international migration for the year ending March 2014, including estimates for the European Union,” Mr. Harper said.

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