Crimes by EU Citizens Trippled in UK since Bulgaria, Romania Accession

Bulgaria in EU | September 8, 2011, Thursday // 10:58|  views

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The number of crimes committed by foreign EU citizens in the UK has trebled since Bulgaria and Romania joined the bloc in 2007.

However, due to human rights laws and EU regulations, only a small percentage of the criminals in question have been removed from the country, The Telegraph has pointed out.

"Far from helping us tackle crime, the current straitjacket EU arrangements for securing our borders, deportation and law enforcement are imposing a massive net burden on policing and prison cells," Dominic Raab, the Tory MP who unearthed the figures, has told the British paper.

In 2007, the UK notified fellow EU member states 10 736 times that one of their citizens has been convicted of a crime in the country,  but by 2010 the number of notifications  increased to 27 563.

Figures for last year have showed that Poles and Romanians were the worst offenders, accounting for 6 777 and 4 343 crimes respectively.

"This staggering increase in the number of crimes committed by EU nationals in Britain, since Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU suggests, highlights a hidden cost of further EU enlargement that must be properly debated," Raab has further stated.

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