Boris Johnson: Limit EU migrants or rough sleeping in London will soar
London Mayor Boris Johnson has urged the government to get to grips with the oncoming influx of Bulgarian and Romanians into Britain next year, warning that the thousands of new EU migrants could send the number of rough sleepers in London soaring.
Johnson said ministers needed to renegotiate the terms by which Romanian and Bulgarians are able to live and work in Britain from 2014.
Estimates suggest that more than 70,000 citizens from the two countries are set to come to the UK over the next five years after EU controls are relaxed, with the majority set for London.
Johnson said: “It’s important that we look at the impact of the accession countries Romania and Bulgaria.
“We’ll be supporting immigration by talented people but I am concerned that immigration from Bulgaria and Romania, unless properly handled, will lead to an increase in rough sleeping of the kind we’ve seen from the previous accession countries.
“It may be sensible for us to consider what derogations or improvements we could make to the current deal on accession.”
This comes after reports that British ministers had been considering plans for an advertising campaign talking Britain down as cold, wet and with harsh restrictions on claiming benefits.