Bulgarians ‘will not flock to UK’

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Bulgarian workers will not flock to the UK when an immigration ban is relaxed next year, the Bulgarian foreign minister said yesterday.

Nikolay Mladenov said many of his compatriots would much rather travel to Germany, Spain and Italy, as his country has stronger business links with those countries.

He said there was a danger that fears about thousands of immigrants descending on the UK could “dampen” relations with Bulgaria.

He said: “I do not expect the UK to be overwhelmed by a wave of our nationals seeking employment. When we look at the experience of other countries over the last seven years, this has not happened and there is no reason to believe that this would happen in the UK.”