Home Office figures show Romanians not attracted to the UK labour market http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutu ... naccession A report released by the Home Office today, 22 May 2007, shows Romanians have not been attracted to the UK labour market in the three months following Romania’s accession to the EU. The data, published in 'Bulgarian and Romanian Accession Statistics: January – March 2007', shows the Home Office has processed a total of 5460 applications for work from Romanians since 1 January 2007, the date when Romania acceded to the EU. A further 890 Romanians were granted work cards under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme. Key Statistics • 1445 of 5460 applications – approximately 25% – were from Romanians with unrestricted access to the labour market, a category which covers those Romanians working legally in the UK before 1 January 2007. Taking this into account, the data suggests that new long-term migration from Romania to the UK is less than 1000 people per month • The 5460 processed applications included 1955 from self-employed, 225 from students, and 1050 from family members • A particularly low take-up was evident through the Sector Based Scheme and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme, arrangements under which the Home Office has reserved almost 20,000 places for A2 nationals. Less than 2700 Romanian and Bulgarian nationals combined had applied as at 31 March 2007 • 70% of Romanians processed were between the ages of 25-44. Slightly over half of these were male. Romanians are working widely throughout the UK. The data was collected from actual applications to the Home Office under the almost 20 different registration schemes it operates for Romanian and Bulgarian nationals. Proportionately more Bulgarians than Romanians have come to the UK and applied for worker registration since these two countries joined the European Union.