You know that Romanian saying that goes something like: ‘Romania is a lovely country, it’s just a shame people live there’?
Well, according to the Daily Mail and the Spectator, come this time next year we will be able to find out if it’s true or not. Why? Because every single Romanian will be heading for Britain to claim benefits, free healthcare and free housing.
As of January 1st 2014, the UK can no longer prevent Romanians and Bulgarians from having unfettered access to its labour markets. Despite Romania and Bulgaria joining the EU in 2007, the UK has kept some restrictions in place for workers from the two countries.
We hope that we do not have to point out to anyone who reads these pages that such reports are hogwash. Their authors know as much too, we hope. They are instead deliberately designed to whip up anti-EU sentiment amongst their readership a time when the UK’s relationship with Brussels is historically bad. (Which they do: read the comments underneath if you have a strong enough stomach).
Anyway, as a pleasant counterweight to the sensationalist nonsense of the Little Englander brigade, there’s this report from the BBC. It points out – as we have long said – that the vast majority of those people who actually want to emigrate from Romania have already done so.