"The only way we can stop our wage levels from being undermined and our benefit system being milked is to withdraw from the EU and take back control of our migration policy," says UKIP MEP Gerard Batten.
•The official EU statistical office, Eurostat today published a report on average wage levels in each member state in 2012, showing that Romanian workers, at €4.4 (£3.75) per hour, and Bulgarian workers at €3.7 (£3.15) on average work for a fifth of the wage of British workers, at €21.6 (£18.4) per hour (incl. non-wage costs in all cases, with UK rate being the lowest).
"Eurostat wage figures point to a huge UK pull factor for Bulgarian and Romanian migrants," said UKIP Immigration spokesman, London MEP Gerard Batten.
"The EU's own figures show the vast differential in hourly wage levels between EU member states. The average wages in Romania and Bulgaria are one fifth of those in the UK.
"We can clearly see the UK shall be a magnet for those who want to work because of the wage differential. Large scale economic migration from these EU states is very bad for British workers because it is likely to lower their wage levels.
"Our easily accessed benefits system means we shall also become a magnet for those who do not wish to work. The only way we can stop our wage levels from being undermined and our benefit system being milked is to withdraw from the EU and take back control of our migration policy."