UK - Increase in Eastern European Migrants following EU Expansion
10 November 2004
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Since EU expansion, 91,000 people from the new member states have registered to work in Britain. The amount of people registered has surpassed the Home Office expectations by far.
Shadow Home Secretary David Davies has described the British immigrations system as a "shambles" following the release of this official figure, prompting speculations of radical changes to the UK immigration system.
The official estimate of the Home Office suggests that some 5,000 to 13,000 people per year from the new EU member states would register to work in the UK.
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