"The worker registration
scheme, set up by the Government to monitor the impact of
EU accession on the UK labour market and restrict access to
benefits, is working effectively with accession nationals
continuing to register, figures published by the Government
The latest quarterly statistics
for October to December 2004 show that just over 40,000 people
from the accession states applied to the scheme, bringing
the total number of applicants since May 2004 to around 130,000.
Applications have fallen
since their peak between May and July, with figures for December
at around 8,000. Up to around 40 per cent of applicants are
thought to have been in the UK before 1 May 2004 and to have
legitimised their status."
Immigration & Nationality
Directorate February 2005