Kent Tories are worried that we will be overrun by Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants when these two new European Union Members States are given full free movement of people rights in January 2014 – rights already enjoyed by the rest of us, including the UK.
The Tory leader of Kent County Council has commissioned a report on the potential effects of these migrants on Kent: strange, because we already have a report commissioned by the Foreign Office which clearly states that Bulgarian and Romanian migrants are unlikely to head for the UK. They are far more likely to go to Spain and Italy and perhaps Germany. That’s for reasons of language compatibility.
Any migrants who do come to the UK are likely to be young, relatively healthy and looking for work – not benefits. They are unlikely to place many demands on our public services.
Given that this will not happen until January 2014 the timing of this Kent report is surprising – perhaps it has something to do with the threat of the UK Independence Party taking Tory votes at the upcoming Kent County Council elections?
I think we should be told.