SPAIN is proving a much more attractive destination for Romanian migrants than the UK, according to a data agency.
A total 96% of those moving to EU countries choose destinations other than the UK.
The UK has 80,000 of 2.12m Romanian migrants in the EU. However, the figure is much higher in Italy (888,000) and Spain (823,000). Germany has 160,000.
The UK also has 26,000 of 437,000 Bulgarian migrants in the EU. However, Spain has 168,000, Germany 66,000, Greece 55,000 and Italy 46,000.
A report published by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) in 2013 found that the main destination choice for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals was Italy and Spain.
Between 2006 and 2007, the year that Romania joined the EU, their Italian presence almost doubled.
As with the UK, Spain has now lifted work restrictions. But it is already home to one million Romanians and Bulgarians.
Spain’s ambassador to Romania, Estanislao de Grandes Pascual said “the vast majority of Romanians is well integrated”.