Learning from the past, planning for the future: immigration from Romania and Bulgaria from 2014.

20 March 2013, House of Commons

On 31 December 2013 transitional accession restrictions affecting Romanian and Bulgarian ('A2') nationals will lift, granting them the same rights to work in the UK as other European Union nationals. Government will also close two work schemes aimed at A2 nationals within the agricultural and food processing sectors. 

This meeting reviewed the latest analysis of potential migration patterns from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK from 2014, debating the anticipated impacts of these changes. It will explore the lessons that can be learned from previous patterns of EU migration to the UK, and will be an opportunity to discuss how local and national government, as well as wider communities, can plan ahead for 2014 in order to support positive outcomes for all concerned.


  • Wayne David MP - Shadow Justice Minister
  • Cllr Simon Marcus - Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead & Kilburn
  • Dr Roxana Carare - Honorary Consul of Romania
  • Adam Weiss - The AIRE Centre


  • Lord Roger Roberts

Also in attendance

  • Sir Gerald Howarth MP
  • David Ward MP
  • Paul Blomfield MP
  • Christopher Chope MP
  • Andrew Stunell MP