Hungary is to open its doors to Romania and Bulgaria when they join the EU on January 1st. However there will be restrictions. Work permits will only be issued in areas where there is a shortage of labour, like textiles, health and construction. Other EU members have also been deciding on their labour policies following EU expansion.
With these new entrants the block will grow to 27-nations. The two Balkan neighbours will be admitted with some of the toughest terms ever imposed on new members. It is estimated that about 36 000 Bulgarians will want to move to Britain. Among them is Maria Yourukova who works in one of the main hospitals in Sofia: “I am a qualified nurse, and I heard that Britain needs nurses and I applied for a job there.” While migrant workers from the new entrants will be lured abroad by the chance to earn more money, some host nations are seriously concerned at a potential influx of cheap labour.