The Bulgarian government recently made it clear to Britain’s Home Office that it is essential for Britain to take on Eastern European migrants to carry out tough jobs because local workers are "lazy" and not willing" to do the work. The Eastern European country submitted an astonishing report which highlights that their citizens do not seek to participate in ‘benefit tourism’. On the contrary, Eastern European workers should be considered a valuable asset for UK’s economy as they are willing to do jobs that Britons would not sacrifice their benefits to take on.
What makes Eastern European migrants stand out?
Bulgarian authorities stress in the document the advantages that the UK could have by hiring Eastern European migrants. First of all, Bulgarian migrants are mostly young, single and relatively educated. They are also highly valued in the agricultural sector and seen as a stable and dependable source of labor.
Moreover, the competitive advantage of Bulgarian and Romanian workers relates to their higher levels of efficiency and productivity compared to their British counterparts. Agricultrual businesses fail to retain British workers becausethe local workforce is often reluctant to live on farms and either cannot or will not work at the intensity required to earn the minimum wage. Essentially, British workers believe they have little incentive to give up social security benefits in place of seasonal work.
Number of Bulgarian and Romanian workers in Britain soars...
The Bulgarian report came as a response to the UK Prime Minister's proclaim to limit its citizens’ access to public services in the country such as the NHS as well as the labor market when the gates are opened for Eastern Europeans to live and work freely in the UK in 2014. In the meantime, the number of Bulgarian and Romanian workers in Britain becomes a headache for local authorities. Workers from the ex-Eastern Bloc increased by 36% in the last year and an even bigger rise is expected next year when the current immigration regulations are lifted.
Well, Bulgaria strives to safeguard the interests of its citizens, who face great challenges in their country such as poor pay and working conditions, and youth unemployment hitting 25.10%. On the other hand, the UK attempts to ensure that the free movement privilege between EU member states is not abused and that immigrants contribute constructively to the country’s economy.