Bulgarian and Romanian Accession to the EU

Bulgarian and Romanian Accession to the EU

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This report, from the Home Affairs Committee, examines the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union under the A2 scheme, 12 months on, and how that has had an impact in the UK. Accession makes both countries Member States of the EU, with no restriction on the freedom of movement within the Union. All Bulgarian and Romanian nationals can have an initial right of residence in the UK for 3 months and a right to remain indefinitely if they are students, self employed or self sufficient individuals. Member States can have discretion to restrict migration of workers for up to 7 years, the UK choosing to impose restrictions for an initial 2 years, with a review annually thereafter. Low-skilled Bulgarian and Romanian nationals may apply only to work as seasonal agricultural labourers or in particular factories, such as food processing. More highly skilled workers are admitted on the basis of work permits. In the first 9 months of 2007, 32, 238 Bulgarian and Romanian migrants were registered, with set up costs of Ap1.1 million. The report includes oral evidence presented to the Committee. For an earlier oral and written evidence on migration issues, see HCP 143-i, session 2006-07, (ISBN 9780215032911).employer would rather get rid of a Romanian applicant than to have a Polish worker for whom he does not have to engage ... Q49 David Davies: You have reflected great anger, but you have concerns about the impact of integration. ... If I may say so, is it not a little hypercritical to have a go at the British Government when your own Government takes steps ... very restricted in finding a solution; they are in a very different situation from Hungarian or Polish citizens who look for work here.

Title:Bulgarian and Romanian Accession to the EU
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Home Affairs Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2008-01


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