“These official figures have proven that the concerns UKIP two years ago over removing transitional controls from Bulgaria and Romania have become a reality. This issue was marginalized at the time and we were accused by the political establishment of ‘scaremongering’ but these figures show that immigration from both countries has reached a new high. Unsustainable migration numbers from Romania and Bulgaria has increased wage compression, resulting in wage stagnation and displacement for many British workers.
“Yesterday, the Prime Minister said 40% of all migrants who have arrived in the UK in last four years are supported by the UK benefits system. 66% receive in-work benefits such as tax credits while the rest receive out-of-work benefits and £6,000 is the amount EU migrants claim per family through in-work benefits - costing taxpayer £570m in 2013. Yet even knowing this and with this evidence that net EU immigration is exceeding all estimates and growing at a fast pace, David Cameron is not prepared to do anything about it.
“With the UK having an open border to 485 million Europeans and with net migration running at 330,000 per year, it is impossible to make any long term and sustainable plans on infrastructure, housing and other public services. The Government needs to implement UKIP’s immigration proposals for an Australian-style points system immediately, so that we have the ability to control the quantity and quality of immigration into the UK, to sustain our public services for future generations. We can only do this if we Leave the EU.”
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