Joined: EU 2007 Eurozone Not Yet Schengen Not Yet Romania sums up the issue that the United Kingdom electorate has with unrestricted immigration from European Union countries. Along with Bulgaria it entered the European Union later than most other Eastern European members and this time the British government applied transitional arrangements postponing freedom of movement rules for seven years until 2014. Numbers of Romanians quickly grew in the United Kingdom and in the year prior to the referendum more Romanians (179,000) than any other nationality applied for National Insurance numbers, which are required for work.

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