Thursday, May 24, 2007

Circus careers are immigration excuse as Romania and Bulgaria send in the clowns

More than 120 Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants are coming into Britain every day - and their most common stated employment is “circus artiste”.

The designation - which covers clowns, tightrope walkers, jugglers and lion tamers - is the number one listing among those from Romania and third for the Bulgarians.

A total of 10,535 people from the new EU countries have registered to work in Britain in the past five months with the vast majority of new arrivals coming via coaches through Do-ver.

“That’s going to fill an awful lot of big tops,” said one immigration source.

“The job title ‘circus artiste’ is top for the Romanians and behind chefs and carpenters for the Bulgarians who also list musician, researcher and hotel worker in many cases.”

Gravesham MP Adam Holloway : “This is just another example of putting pressure on people who are already here and looking for work as well as on housing and schools.”

Figures released this week show more than 49,000 immigrants from former eastern Euro-pean countries entered the UK in 2006.

This puts the total number registered with the Home Office at 630,000 - far above the initial Government estimate of 13,000.

And officials say this does not include self employed people, spouses, children or those who never bothered to register.

Conservative immigration spokesman and Ashford MP Damian Green said: “This blows out of the water the Government’s proclamation that just 13,000 workers a year would ar-rive from the eight former eastern bloc country.”

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, an immigration think-tank, said: “On the eastern European data these figures confirm that massive levels of immigration from east-ern Europe continues unabated.

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