Thursday, June 21, 2007

UK SAID TO ABOLISH RESTRICTIONS FOR WORKERS FROM BULGARIA AND ROMANIA

Sofia News Agency


UK government may abolish restrictions applied to Bulgarian and Romanian citizens willing to work in there.

The Times reported that UK interior ministry was going to re-consider labour quotas imposed on those countries after their EU accession in January 2007.

UK officials will take part in the first forum on migration's influence in the country. The forum will analyse migration figures, places of employment for Bulgarian and Romanian workers and whether UK's industry needs more low-qualified staff.

A decision on simplifying or removing labour restrictions will also be taken.

Worker quotas provoked discontent in Bulgaria and Romania. UK applied an open-door labour policy to the other Eastern European countries which joined the EU in 2004.

Data showed that nearly 8000 Bulgarians and Romanians entered UK to work there in the first three months of 2007 and another 2400 joined the seasonal agricultural programme.

UK farmers union demanded that the government should allow more immigrants to work in agriculture sector claiming that the number of workers from Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic decreased.

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