Monday, March 4, 2013

'They leave rubbish mountains taller than I am': Left-wing German mayor's rant at Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants who he says have sent town's crime soaring

The mayor of a German city claims Romanian and Bulgarian migrants are causing havoc, committing crimes and costing his authority close to £15million a year to house, feed and police.

Soeren Link, the left-wing mayor of the former industrial city of Duisburg, close to the border with Holland, claims prostitution and robberies have spiked since the EU's latest members began arriving last year.

'We are massively affected,' said the mayor, confirming the fears of the Association of German Cities which recently warned of 'social unrest' because of the economic refugees.

He spoke of rubbish mountains 'taller than I am' outside of dilapidated housing blocks in the district where, in one, 400 Bulgarians and Romanians are crammed into just over 40 apartments.

'Children are misused there and sent on stealing missions,' he claimed in a TV discussion about the problem.

Germany is the continent's most socially-minded nation with a lavish array of welfare benefits. Some Roma families are claiming over £2,000 a month in child welfare payments, even though they are technically not supposed to work in the country until January next year.

'It is costing us millions and will cost us more by next year,' added Mr Link, who said anyone who thought the problem was going to go away was 'misty eyed'.  He added: 'We didn't ask for this problem and we can't handle it alone.'

On his Facebook page the mayor wrote: 'Platitude slogans and strong words do not help!'

His outspokenness earned him the praise of citizens including pensioner Heinz Hoffmann, 67, who said: 'If my rubbish spills out on the street I would be slapped with a summons in no time. Why do they get away with it?'

Housewife Baerbel Kramer, 57, added: 'I have sympathy for the poor people, but we are also afraid of them.'

Immigration mandarins in the UK believe the troubles that have befallen Germany will be imported when British rules are relaxed in January next year and Bulgarians and Romanians arrive to seek work.

'The social balance and social peace is extremely endangered,' reads an internal paper produced by the German Association of Cities earlier this month. Immigration from the two countries has spiked sixfold in the past few years.

The ill-educated have little or no chance of finding work while some Roma families have up to ten children and are receiving payments for each of them from the state. 'The Roma in particular', states the report, 'end up in desolate conditions once they are here'.

The knock-on effect is chaos also in classrooms where native children are being held back because the newcomers know no German.

'This is a totally new phenomenon, brought about by the euro crisis,' says Michaela Menichetti, integration commissioner for a school district in Reutlingen.

Police in several German towns report on organised Romanian crime gangs where children and women are sent out each morning with specific instructions where to steal and from whom.

One police report from Duisburg read: 'For at least a year, observations in Duisburg (but also nationally) show that Romanian groups - apparently family clans - are committing organized crimes on an alarming scale.'

In 2007 there were 31,596 immigrants into Germany from the two countries and a further 83,000 arrived in the following three years. In 2011 alone nearly 64,000 arrived from Romania and Bulgaria.


Romanians and Bulgarians snap up 175,000 jobs in the UK already... and that's before the borders have even opened

More than a quarter of a million Bulgarians and Romanians have come to Britain over the past five years – even before the jobs  market is fully opened to them.

About half that number were allowed in as farm workers on short-term contracts and thousands more got permanent posts.

In total, more than 175,000 National Insurance numbers were handed out to workers from the two countries. The remaining 75,000 people settled here with their families.

Campaigners fear that when work restrictions are lifted next year, further pressure will be placed on the jobs market, housing and public services.

Philip Hollobone, Tory MP for Kettering, said: ‘The alarming thing is that even before the borders are flung open, we’re already above a quarter of a million.

‘We’re heading ever closer to my estimate of 425,000 Romanians and Bulgarians, which is a number I simply don’t believe this country can cope with.’

Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union only in 2007 and were not given immediate access to all jobs and services in Britain.

But updated statistics published by the Home Office last week show that between 2007 and 2012, a total of 262,929 applications to work or remain in  Britain were approved for Bulgarians and Romanians.

In the past year alone, 14,583 permits for the self-employed and 20,842 for fruit-pickers were granted.

Some of those permits over the past five years may have gone to the same migrants who return  to work in fields and factories.

Separate figures published by the Department for Work and Pensions show the volume of National Insurance numbers handed out to Bulgarians and Romanians is also on the rise.

Between 2007 and 2011, there were 176,040 given to workers from the two countries, including a record 40,260 in 2011.

Over the same four-year period, 945 Bulgarians and Romanians were forcibly removed from Britain, 139 were refused entry at the border and 64 left voluntarily. Last week it was revealed that 27,725 Romanians had been arrested in London since 2007, even though only 87,000 people from that country live in Britain.

A Home Office spokesman said last night: ‘Rather than producing speculative projections, we are focusing on cutting out the abuse of free movement and addressing the factors that drive European immigration to Britain.’

Meanwhile, the pressure of immigration on public services has been highlighted by new  figures showing that more than 100,000 more primary school places will be needed in England by the next General Election.

The total number of places in England stands at just over 4.3 million, but by 2014-15 it is forecast there will be a deficit of 106,807.

Some of the biggest gaps are in areas where foreign-born  mothers are driving increases  in the birth rate. In Newham, East London, 4,551 places are needed within three years.

In Peterborough – home to the country’s first school where no pupil speaks English as their main language – 2,216 more places are required.


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