In January 2014, Bulgarians and Romanians gained the same rights to work in the UK as other European Union citizens, since restrictions were lifted. This understandably created a mild hysteria at the time, with the concern that millions of people from these two Eastern European countries would descend upon Britain and create a massive burden on the UK tax-payer. In fact, Nigel Farage of UKIP even stated at one point that 29 million Bulgarians and Romanians would come to the UK. The truth is that currently there are 172,000 Romanians and Bulgarians living in the UK, which has risen by only 22,000 since the start of 2014.
ONS figures have also showed this year that unemployment levels have fallen in the UK to 1.86 million, which is almost half a million down on a year ago. The UK now has the third lowest unemployment rate in the European Union at 5.7%. It can be noted that unemployment has dropped more dramatically than immigration from Romanian and Bulgaria has increased.