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.