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When eight Central European countries joined the EU on May 1, 2004, only three "EU-15" member states, Ireland, Sweden and the UK, allowed freedom of movement for Poles and other East European workers from the so-called A8 countries.
Economists projected that up to 15,000 A8 migrants might move to the UK. They were wrong; over a million arrived in the UK, and Poles are now second only to Indians among immigrant groups in the UK. A backlash against "too many foreigners" contributed to the defeat of the ruling Labor Party in 2010 elections, and many Britons continue to believe there are "too many foreigners" in the UK.
Over 1.8 million non-British EU nationals were employed in the UK in March 2014, including 140,000 Romanians and Bulgarians.