There has been no mass influx of workers from the new EU member states to the UK since enlargement, according to new figures.
There has been no mass influx of workers from the new European Union member states -- mostly former Soviet bloc countries -- to Britain since enlargement, according to new figures. Data from the British Home Office released on Wednesday reveals that after May 1, the day the EU enlarged by 10 new members, just over 8,000 "new Europeans" entered Britain to work legally. "The predicted dramatic increase of new arrivals has not materialized," the Home office concludes in a press release. The UK, along with Ireland and Sweden, was among only a handful of EU countries that opened their labor markets to workers from the new member states. While UK authorities have placed no restrictions on numbers of workers from the new EU states, they do have limited access to the British social welfare net. The British Home secretary David Blunkett said: "By contributing to our economy and paying into the system these accession state workers are supporting our public services, not being a drain upon them." (