Romanian Ambassador to the UK Ion Jinga has mocked British newspapers and lawmakers waiting for an influx of Romanian immigrants to arrive in the country after transitional controls were lifted.
Jinga said the MPs and reporters waiting for the arrival of Romanian immigrants at the London Luton Airport on January 1 “discovered that only two Romanians” already with job offers came to the UK on that day.
“It seems that a new version of Waiting for Godot is being reinvented by part of the British media and by some politicians who are desperately waiting for the arrival of millions of Romanians after 1 January 2014,” Jinga said.
On January 1, transitional controls were lifted, allowing Bulgarian and Romanian citizens to work across the European Union. The transitional controls were imposed on the two by some EU states when they joined the bloc in 2007.
The ambassador added that “the overwhelming majority of the passengers were Romanians returning to jobs after having enjoyed Christmas with their families at home, or Britons coming home after skiing in the Carpathians.”
Tory MP Mark Reckless and Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz were among those who went to the airport to greet the Romanians.
This is while the group MigrationWatch said on January 1 that 50,000 Bulgarians and Romanians would arrive in Britain every year over the next five years.
Jinga also slammed what he called an “insulting media campaign against Romanians” launched by sections of the British media, formed by “misguided and biased opinions.”
“Most Romanians who came to the UK did so for work, not for benefits. We also plead in favour of honest, hard-working people, who pay taxes and contribute to society.”
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