A campaign group has predicted that about 50,000 people will come to Britain from Romania and Bulgaria, when EU restrictions are lifted on these countries next year.
The think-tank, Migration Watch, which supports tighter controls on immigration, also warns the figures could be even higher if the million Romanians who live in Spain and Italy decide to move on because of high youth unemployment.
Migration Watch's director, Sir Andrew Green, urged the government to take action.
"Access to the benefit system in Britain is much easier than in most other European countries," he explained.
"That has to be tackled otherwise these numbers [of immigrants] will be very large."
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