08:00 Monday 30 December 2013

'Immigrants bad for job prospects', says MP

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

AN MP believes potential arrivals from Romania and Bulgaria in the new year could hamper unemployed people’s chances of finding work.

From Januray 1, changes to EU restrictions on movement is likely to see more Romanians and Bulgarians heading for Britain.

Concerns have been raised that the move could see services put under further strain while Andrew Bridgen, who represents North West Leicestershire, believes their arrival could harm the employment chances of people who are already living in the region.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr Bridgen said: “In my constituency, unemployment is down to 2.4 per cent, but many of those who remain unemployed are harder to place, and we need to do more work with them.

“The last thing that they need is competition from another wave of immigrants.”

Mr Bridgen also said the loss of some of the brightest Romanians and Bulgarians to Britain could have a damaging affect on the countries’ economies.

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