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More Eastern Europeans on the way to the UK

In 2004 the UK government saw an unprecedented number of eastern Europeans enter Britain when 10 new countries joined the European Union.

The Government estimated fewer than 20,000 would come to the UK but it was closer to 600,000 with Poland being one of the larger contributors.

It’s pretty apparent too. Walking through the city centre or into your local Asda, its pretty amazing how many eastern Europeans you bump into.

Romania and Bulgaria are to join the EU in the next couple of weeks but it looks like the UK government have learnt from these past experiences.

The UK Trade Secretary Alistair Darling yesterday revealed the government was seriously considering imposing a limit on the number of places available for new immigrants.

Britain was one of the few major EU nations to open its borders to new members in 2004 while France and Germany tightened controls.

Mr Darling hinted that decision was flawed.

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When asked if the Government would allow a free for all from Romania and Bulgaria he said: ‘No. We will need to see what our requirements are so it is done in a managed way.’

I think this is pretty good news for the UK if these plans are implemented correctly. Following Australia’s lead and Identifying skills in demand could well be a good way to go.

Still, I think these plans are about 4 years too late, another reason why I’m so glad to be moving away to a country that developed a well managed immigration policy from the start.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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