There are hardly any jobs, generally low wages and it rains all the time: Not the usual picture that a country wants to portray of its culture or economy. However, U.K politicians are considering launching a negative publicity campaign in Eastern Europe to deter potential migrants from coming to the U.K. in search of jobs.
The campaign is being considered to put off people in Bulgaria and Romania from coming to Britain, when restrictions that limit the number of their citizens that can legally live and work in the U.K., expire in a year's time.
A number of British newspapers have cited a spokesman for the British Prime Minister, as saying Britain is considering launching a negative advertising campaign to fulfill its promise to tackle immigration by stemming the flow of migrants.
One unnamed government minister was reported as suggesting that a bit of negative advertising might at least "correct the impression that the streets here are paved with gold," but Keith Vaz, the chairman of the parliament's home affairs select committee, said that the proposed campaign was "bordering on the farcical."
The Home Office has not released an estimate of how many economic migrants from Eastern Europe it expects in 2013, but campaign group Migration Watch say that 250,000 people could arrive from Bulgaria and Romania over the next five years, warning of "significant consequences" for housing and jobs in its latest report.