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Developments relating to Romanian and Bulgarian nationals’ ability to travel to the UK via the EU

The lifting of EU restrictions as they relate to Romanian and Bulgarian nationals has been a matter of intense media debate in the UK. It has also been a matter of extensive discussion within political circles, especially within the Conservative Party.

In December 2013 it was revealed that the government was seeking to rush into force additional benefits tests relevant to Romanian and Bulgarian nationals. The government intended to bring such measures into force before the relaxation of rules which was scheduled for 01st January 2014.

It was also announced that the Immigration Bill which would relax the transitional arrangements would not be debated until the New Year.

Immigration & Asylum