Romanian crime is a problem in Britain admits their own PM as BBC immigration poll shows hundreds of thousands DO plan to come here when restrictions are liftedBBC Newsnight poll found one in 12 Romanians would consider the UK Also found 13.6 per cent of Bulgarians may come here this year or next Many have started looking for work and a place to live, survey says But Ukip says story is 'more shocking than BBC's headline suggest' By Steve Doughty, Jack Doyle and Tamara Cohen PUBLISHED: 00:34 GMT, 22 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:51 GMT, 23 April 2013 The prime minister of Romania has admitted there is a problem with citizens of his country coming to Britain and committing crimes. Victor Ponta said Roma gypsies, in particular, posed a 'huge challenge' to law enforcement by begging and stealing mobile phones
120,000 Romanians and Bulgarians have already moved to Britain: Census shows in some parts of the country one in ten are Eastern EuropeanFears of major influx when travel restrictions lifted at the end of the yearIn Boston, Lincolnshire, 10.7 per cent of population are Eastern EuropeanPM announced plans to make access to social benefits harder for migrants By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 23:53 GMT, 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 27 March 2013 Nearly 120,000 Romanians and Bulgarians have already moved to Britain despite not yet being allowed to work freely in this country, official figures showed yesterday. The data from the 2011 census showed that migration to Britain – at a rate equivalent to 30,000 a year – began as soon as the two countries joined the EU. The disclosure is fresh evidence that a major movement of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens is likely when restrictions are lifted at the end of the year.
British citizens could be forced to carry ID cards to access free NHS care as part of crackdown on health tourism Care may be restricted to those who have lived in UK more than a yearMPs say scheme only works if those entitled to free care can prove it digg] By Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 20:51 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:48 GMT, 4 March 2013 Proposals for an NHS card have been sent to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt Britons could have to carry an ‘entitlement card’ to access free NHS care as part of a crackdown on health tourists, it emerged yesterday.
From Cromwell to Kipling and Ennis, a new 'patriotic' test on Britishness for migrantsGone are questions about public transport, credit cards and job interviewsNew Life in the UK test draws on British culture, history and traditionsIncluded are William the Conqueror, the Reformation and Rudyard Kipling By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 12:59 GMT, 27 January 2013 | UPDATED: 06:29 GMT, 28 January 2013 Migrants who hope to become British citizens will have to learn about 1066 and all that under new citizenship tests, ministers said yesterday. They will be examined on their knowledge of William the Conqueror, the Reformation, Oliver Cromwell and Rudyard Kipling in a reformed version of the tests that must be passed before qualifying for a passport. But some names familiar to schoolchildren will be missed out of the tests developed by the Home Office
Santa Monica residents complain about sea of fitness fanatics clogging up their parks PUBLISHED: 22:24 GMT, 30 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:25 GMT, 30 December 2012 Physical fitness is a way of life on the beautiful beachfront oasis of Santa Monica. From sunrise to sunset, there's huffing and puffing in the city's parks as trainers put their students through the paces of every form of exercise imaginable. All along the 420 acres of greenery paralleling the Pacific Ocean are groups of a dozen or more people furiously pumping iron, doing sit-ups, stepping on and off little benches and stretching on mats.
We have cheap alcohol, concrete beach resorts and experienced prostitutes': Bulgaria’s bizarre ‘advert’ to tax exile Gerard Depardieu Letter sent to French stars from Bulgarian policy centreClaims payment of taxes is 'optional' and there is 'possibility to drain as much as you wish from the tax system'Depardieu and Bernard Arnault are the latest in a flood of super-rich French fleeing President Francois Hollande's socialist tax rises | UPDATED: 18:36 GMT, 27 December 2012 Bulgaria has invited French tax exiles Gerard Depardieu and Bernard Arnault to become Bulgarian citizens with the promise of 'cheap alcohol, concrete beach resorts and experienced prostitutes'. The cheeky letter from Bulgaria's Demographic Policy Centre was sent to the famous film star and France's richest man as a protest against the mass emigration from the cash-strapped eastern European state. Depardieu, 64, and Arnault, 63, both recently announced they were fleeing to Belgium to dodge France's new massive tax hike on the rich of 75 per cent on all earnings over one million euros
Survivors of 2004 tsunami left horrified after being 'ambushed' by trailer for movie about Boxing Day tragedyTrailer for The Impossible shown before The HobbitSurvivors' groups call for Odeon to issue warnings The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami killed 230,000 people including 155 Brits | UPDATED: 20:10 GMT, 25 December 2012 Survivors of the 2004 tsunami have been left 'in tears' as cinemas are screening the trailer for a movie about the disaster without warning. The trailer for the film uses graphic imagery to re-tell the story of one family's fight for survival after the 98-foot-tidal wave hit Thailand on Boxing Day eight years ago
Britain struck a deal with EU countries to send their criminals home. So how many have gone NONESince December 2011 prisoners from within the EU can be forced to serve their sentence in their home countryPrevious government allowed opt outs for Poland and Ireland, the two countries with the most inmates serving time in Britain Meanwhile 38 prisoners were returned to the UK | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 25 December 2012 Must change: More foreign prisoners should be sent home to serve their time says Justice Secretary Chris Grayling Britain was hit by a fresh foreign prisoner fiasco last night after it was revealed that a much- trumpeted EU transfer agreement has spectacularly backfired
Russia sends warships to Syria: Putin prepares to evacuate his citizens as rebels close in on DamascusWarships sent to evacuate Russian citizens as rebels take hold of zone 2miles from Damascus Palestinian camp Yarmouk has been an opposition stronghold since the Syrian civil war broke outOpposition has scored military successes in recent weeks as they fight to overthrow Assad Today, clashes between Syrian rebels and a group loyal to President Assad raged inside a Damascus refugee camp | UPDATED: 18:52 GMT, 18 December 2012 Russia has sent warships to Syria today to potentially evacuate its citizens from Syria, as rebel advances are threatening to take the capital Damascaus.
Why weren't the police this zealous with Savile | UPDATED: 14:50 GMT, 10 December 2012 The ancient practice of hue and cry — when a suspected criminal was pursued by a mob of angry citizens, shouting to raise the alarm — is famously celebrated in Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, in which Bill Sikes is chased to his death after murdering his girlfriend, Nancy.