An article in today's Daily (Sunday) Telegraph says that "Britain is facing a new wave of Eastern European immigration which will put British workers’ jobs at risk, experts have warned."
Article here:Britain facing new eastern Europe immigration surge - Telegraph
According to the article "Twenty nine million Bulgarians and Romanians will gain the right to live and work unrestricted in Britain in 2014 under European “freedom of movement” rules.
Last night forecasters said it could lead to a significant number of new arrivals, in the same way as when Poland and other Eastern European countries gained the same rights in 2004, with the scale likely to be increased by the economic crisis gripping the rest of Europe."
An excerpt from the fairly long piece reads "Experts on the government’s Migration Advisory Committee agree immigration is likely to rise when the restrictions are lifted, and have warned it will have a negative effect on the job market in Britain."
It is significant that according to the piece that, even on existing numbers in Britain,
"Official figures from the Department for Work and Pensions showed 40,260 Romanian and Bulgarian workers applied for National Insurance numbers last year - the largest number on record and a 28 per cent rise year on year."
What are the implications for Ireland, north and south, with the possibility of yet more immigrants looking to relocate because of significantly higher standards of living than in their home countries? Can our economies and social support systems bear this?