Bulgarians heading for work in Ireland?

The Republic of Ireland has removed all restrictions for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens in order to work in the country, five years after Bulgaria and Romania became part of the European Union.

The development follows evidence of a big drop in the number of people from both countries travelling to Ireland to seek work. This comes months after the European Commission had asked the Irish Government to examine if the restrictions were necessary.

“It has become clear that the basis for the continuation of restrictions on access to the labour market for remaining categories of Bulgarian and Romanian nationals is questionable,” a statement last night from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said .

“As such, the Government has decided immediately to bring forward the transition date for access to the labour market for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals.”

Ireland becomes the 20th country from the EU and EEA to allow all access for Bulgarians to its job market, alongside Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

Since the beginning of 2012, Germany has opened doors to Bulgarian seasonal workers and people having a higher education degree.


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