Start of season coincides with record high in Eastern European migrant workforce

The number of Eastern Europeans working in the UK reached its highest point in the second quarter of this year, new official statistics show.

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Workers born in the new accession states of Romania and Bulgaria, who have had free access to the UK labour market since the start of the year, rose 9 per cent in number compared with the same period last year, to 153,000.

The figure for workers from the previous wave of EU enlargement, the A8 countries, stood at 861,000, up 26 per cent on 2013.

Migration Watch UK chairman Sir Andrew Green described this as "the sharpest increase in A8 migration since the boom year of 2007, despite measures to restrict benefits".

He added: "A 13,000 increase in the number of Romanian and Bulgarian workers is significant, especially as transitional controls were still in place for the first half of the year."

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