Potential impacts on the UK of future migration from Bulgaria and Romania
The review is based on an analysis of literature and data in English, Bulgarian and Romanian. The research did not include making estimates of the number of migrants which Britain might expect to arrive, since these are likely to be inaccurate and misleading. Instead, the research considered factors which will encourage and discourage migration, the potential impact of the migration which may occur on key services of health, education, housing and welfare and what preparations might be put in place. The report, which was published in April 2013 concludes that, because migrants from Romania and Bulgaria are likely to be predominantly young and without children, initial impact is unlikely to be substantial, but may change if longer term settlement develops.
The report has been very widely covered by the media.