UK Immigration: Rise in poorest Europeans registering for work

20 March 2015

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Research Member of Common Room and economist at Oxford’s Migration Observatory, comments in an article for The Telegraph on figures recently released highlighting a 576% increase in the number of migrants from Romania and Bulgaria who registered to work or receive state benefits during a 12 month period. Experts commented that many of these immigrants had been in the country for months or years, working illegally. Carlos Vargas-Silva said, “These figures give the impression that many of these people were already here doing something, but we don’t know what that something was. There is a possibility that many of these people were in that informal economy without the proper permits to work.” Read the article in full.