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Home Department written question – answered on 4th February 2013.

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Photo of Lindsay Roy Lindsay Roy Labour, Glenrothes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the number of Romanians and Bulgarians who may seek work in the UK after immigration restrictions are lifted in 2014.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 1 February 2013

The Home Office regularly monitors and analyses overall migration data to help inform policy decisions. However, we have not prepared forecasts of likely inflows from Romania and Bulgaria once restrictions are lifted. The Government accepts the view of the independent Migration Advisory Committee that to produce such estimates “would not be sensible, or helpful to policymakers”. Rather than produce speculative forecasts, the Government's priority is to cut out abuse of free movement and address pull factors such as access to benefits and public services.

The Home Office is working closely with other Government Departments on these issues.

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