Bulgaria Embassy in UK: Business as Usual since Jan 1

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The negative campaign against Bulgarians and Romanians has persisted in the UK over fears of an influx after all labor market restrictions were lifted at the beginning of 2014. File photo

The Bulgarian Embassy in London has said the numbers of Bulgarians arriving in the UK since the last work curbs were lifted are at the usual level.

The Bulgarian Embassy suggested there had been "no increase of numbers whatsoever" and said it was not expecting one in the months to come.

"We do not have official or unofficial figures of the number of Bulgarians that have come in the UK since 1 January but according to some plane and bus companies the situation has been business as usual with no increase of numbers whatsoever," Tsvetin Spasov, of the Embassy, told HuffPost UK.

"We are not expecting an increase in the coming months compared to the usual trend of newcomers from the previous years," he added.

Transitional arrangements limiting the work that Bulgarians and Romanians can do in the UK, in place since they joined the EU in 2007, expired on 1 January.

At the end of January, David Cameron has said the numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians arriving in the UK since the last work curbs were lifted are at a "reasonable level".

The British prime minister gave his first verdict on the numbers coming to the UK from the two countries following warnings last year of a possible "invasion".

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