The high count of street dwellers from Romania follows complaints from local politicians that organised gangs from the country allocate areas for sleeping and run crime operations covering begging, robbery and prostitution.
According to the estimates published by the Communities Department, fewer than half the rough sleepers in London are British.
A Romanian newspaper has launched a “Romanians for Remanians” campaign, offering a new European home to the Brits who voted to stay in the European Union.
The Gandul daily newspaper, based in the Romanian capital Bucharest, has urged the 48 per cent of Britons who voted to stay in the EU to make Romania their home.
It tells them they can “leave the Brexiters, the quarrelling and the weather behind” and “start brand new life” in the eastern European country.
The paper has also called on Romanian citizens to volunteer to help “the good people who voted to remain and share European values deserve to be our relatives”.
The advert fails to specify whether “Regrexit” voters - those who opted leave but have since changed their minds - would also be welcome.
The campaign uses a website and a Facebook app to connect “loving Romanian families” with unhappy British people, and allows Romanians to offer to help UK immigrants to apply for a Romanian ID.
Many would-be settlers criticise Britain, targeting the likes of Scotland, London and Liverpool, while insisting they do not want to live near Indians, Arabs, Chinese or black people.
The slurs were made on a popular Romanian chat forum in a discussion about the pros and cons of relocating to Britain when border rules are relaxed on January 1 next year.
One poster on Romani Online, aptly named Skis, said he and his family were keen to move to Scotland for winter sports in the Highlands but his comments took a bitter racist twist: “We do not want that cosmopolitan crowd of Indians, Arabs, Chinese, etc.
We want something more quiet.”Mutu, another user, described a “high concentration” of “pickaninny” (a derogatory term for black children) in Slough, Berkshire. I see on the street, just like home, large laundry on the balcony, colourful skirts, gold teeth, begging gangs of gypsy boys stealing from shops and everything.”Vali B said Leicester was “full of Indians” and Mickyroman was put off a move to north London because of the Asian population: “I learned it is full of Pakistanis and Indians and do not know what to expect from these nations.”The comments infuriated Gerard Batten, UKIP’s home affairs spokesman.
The MEP said: “It is ironic that when people in Britain voice concerns over mass immigration to the UK they often get tarnished with the accusation of being xenophobic.“Britain prides itself on being a welcoming and tolerant society and it is only right that we demand people coming to live here adhere to those values."Yet here are people wanting to come to Britain clearly not wanting to integrate within our society, based upon their prejudices."This demonstrates why migration on a large scale flies in the face of integration.“In the past the UK Government has moved people from community to community to forge separate groups to prevent social unrest between cultures."What you end up with are intolerant clusters of people who cannot live side by side, leading to segregation and the ghettoisation of society.”Other members of the messageboard have embarked on a lively debate over the best areas to live, the state benefits on offer and their, at times warped, perception of British life.