430,000 Bulgarians live and work in 15 old EU Member States

430,000 Bulgarians live and work in 15 old EU Member States

About 430,000 Bulgarians and 2.1 million Romanians currently live and work in the 15 countries of the so-called "old" EU, statistics by the European Commission shows.

Bulgarians and Romanians were 0.2% of the population of these countries in 2004, while in 2010 they were 0.6%.

The Bulgarian communities are largest in Spain, Germany, and Greece.

On April 20th, 2011, all labor restrictions to eight EU Member States, which joined the union in 2004 (EU-8) are to be lifted. Still, 10 of the old EU Member States continue to impose restrictions to Bulgarian and Romanian workers. /Source:BNR/

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