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Romanian minister: 'Britain should be grateful for influx of Romanians and Bulgarians'

By CJHall_LE  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

MIGRANT WORKERS: Already contributing to the Lincolnshire economy.

MIGRANT WORKERS: Already contributing to the Lincolnshire economy.

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Romania's labour minister Mariana Campeanu has claimed that migrants from her country and Bulgaria should be made welcome in Britain when the expected influx begins next month.

Mariana Campeanu said that they would be filling job vacancies in the agriculture and hospitality sectors which Britons living off the welfare state were refusing to take.

Her comments are particularly relevant to Lincolnshire, which already has a significant and increasing immigrant community, particularly in the rural south of the county.

Mrs Campeanu said Romanians were already meeting shortfalls in key UK professions such as nursing and social care.

Restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarians working in Britain will be lifted on January 1, raising fears of a massive influx of migrants.

Prime minister David Cameron has already promised to restrict welfare benefits on people from the two states if they come to Britain.

But Mrs Campeanu said the majority of Romanians here were economic migrants who did not come to claim benefits.

"Taking into account the fact that Romanian citizens in the UK contribute greatly and also that many of these people are young and well qualified, the UK should be grateful that these people have come to live there," she said.

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  • dean44  |  December 05 2013, 2:33PM

    it also seems crime rises also have people not noticed pick pockets in London are on the increase and a lot of those arrested are eastern European , there is a minority what do come here and work but there is those who give the people of east Europe a bad name and they then wonder why we don't want them here anymore,, drinking and driving a lot arrested again eastern European as they don't realise are laws are far different Its very worrying that there is more n more people coming to uk . Yet are infrastructure cannot cope at all with it we need homes and not ones to buy but council homes and thousands not a few hundred here n there scattered about. rant over

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  • dean44  |  December 05 2013, 2:26PM

    o and that nurse disappeared of the face of the earth when my family had the incident investigated .

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  • dean44  |  December 05 2013, 2:24PM

    I had a foreign nurse while in hospital inject me with wrong stuff I nearly died so forgive me but I am really weary of foreign nurses and any immigrants coming here without proper qualifications or funds to keep them while looking for work n housing etc I just hope ther not gonna get free housing and benefits like some have we are a small country and seem to take on to much when our own infrastructure is a absolute mess

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  • Pete67  |  December 05 2013, 7:55AM

    theknowitall - - - Politicians if my previous encounters are anything to go by will be writing you a letter thanking you for encouraging immigration. I still fail to understand how they can be considered intelligent if they do not understand what people tell them. Or maybe it's back to the 'find out what people want, and we'll do the opposite'.

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  • InsideStory  |  December 04 2013, 7:51PM

    @Tithe Farm Could you be one of the many business's benefiting from the exploitation of cheap labour ? As i see it only business people welcome immigrants to make big profits with reduced labour costs which in turn brings the UK's wages down to that of third world country's ..

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  • randonneur  |  December 04 2013, 7:40PM

    If, as Mrs Campeanu says, Immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria will be hard working and well qualified, why do those countries want to let them go in the first place? Surely they would be better to keep these people to help get their own countries back into good economic health?? Some parts of Romanian society have already said that they are only coming to Britain to claim benefits and beg, thieve, and pickpocket. They don't want to work and won't pay taxes! What part of "Britain is full" is not being understood by our so-called government???

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  • theknowitall  |  December 04 2013, 5:15PM

    It's quite simple really. There are plenty of lovely people all around the world in every race and civilization but where does it end, when the entire population of the planet want to come to the UK. There has got to be a limit. We are full up and just for those who didn't quite get that or are politicians....We are full up. So once again, if you missed it the first time, we are full up.

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  • Chrisfrommabo  |  December 04 2013, 5:11PM

    If people claiming benefits who are able to work took these jobs provided they were paid the correct wage, given holiday pay etc, in other words not self employed or employed by a gang master who pays below the NMW and supplies sub-standard overcrowded accommodation which the rent is often deducted from wages and often charges for transport (administration costs) there would be no need for imported labour and our housing crisis would not be as severe and the revenue created by the tax and insurance would help to balance the books, plus there would be less strain on schools and the NHS.

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  • Blue_Mooner  |  December 04 2013, 1:21PM

    If they are coming over here to genuinely work and not rely on state aid, fair enough. Unfortunately there are a fair few who won't be and we have all seen the stories and pictures around Europe of those who choose to opt out, set up these ramshackle camps and resort to easy pickings from peoples pockets and belongings. Sorry Ms Campeanu but no smoke without fire.

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  • Tithe Farm  |  December 04 2013, 11:38AM

    Last time I checked, English people were perfectly capable of being thieves. I for one will be welcoming our east European friends. All those I have met have been lovely people.

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