UK MP Keeps His Promise to Count Romanians Off Plane at LutonBulgaria in EU | January 1, 2014, Wednesday // 15:23| views
Keith Vaz MP (second from L) greets a Romanian passenger at Luton Airport Credit: ITV News
Fears of an influx of Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants into the United Kingdom as of the beginning of the new year have prompted Labour MPs to count arrivals at Luton Airport, only to see they were mistaken.
Romanians landing at Luton Airport were greeted by Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz on the first day of new rules allowing the migrants to work in the UK, ITV TV channel reported.
He said he saw no evidence of migrants who have "rushed out and bought tickets" because of the lifting of regulations.
In his words most of the people he met already work in the UK and were "coming back after a holiday".
But he also criticised the government for a "lack of robust estimates" of the number of Romanians and Bulgarians expected to arrive in the UK.
Tory MP Mark Reckless accompanied Keith Vaz at Luton Airport, claiming he was concerned that large numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians may come to the UK.
“I'm here this morning because my party - the Conservatives - we made a promise that we would cut immigration from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands a year.
And my concern is that if we do see large numbers coming from Romania and Bulgaria then that could knock us off that target and the promise we made to the electorate.“