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How do we know the numbers? Stuart Agnew MEP questions whether migrants arriving from Romania and Bulgaria are being counted

28th January 2014


The East of England UKIP MEP, Stuart Agnew, is raising questions about how we will ever know how many migrants have arrived from Bulgaria and Romania, because he believes immigration officials are not keeping count.
 
Stuart Agnew MEP said:  “I frequently hear that the numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians arriving in the UK are much lower than the predictions made by UKIP and other opponents of mass immigration.  As an MEP frequently travelling to and from the European Parliament, I am in the habit of asking UK border control staff:  "Are you counting the Romanians and Bulgarians arriving here?" -  "No sir," is the invariable reply, "it is freedom of movement from those countries".
 
“I have to ask the question, if UK border staff are just waving them through, how can we ever know how many Romanians and Bulgarians are coming here?  More specifically, how can our political leaders, including the Prime Minister, be claiming that the numbers are lower than expected or ‘reasonable’?   Are we being misled again?”

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