MORE than 50,000 workers from Romania and Bulgaria are likely to come to Britain next year, a report said today.
A study by the Institute for Public Policy Research estimated that 41,000 Romanians and 15,000 Bulgars would come to work in Britain in the first year after their countries join the European Union.
The report said the Government should allow labour market access to the workers because the impact on employment in this country would be positive.
Danny Sriskandarajah, the institute's associate director, said: "Romania's and Bulgaria's joining of the EU should be seen as an opportunity, not a threat.
"Workers from these countries will join an increasingly important Eastern European workforce now doing hard-to-fill jobs in key sectors and regions.
"But we are likely to see turnstiles, not floodgates, as young and hard-working people come to the UK to work, save, learn English and go home."