On 1 January 2014, the Daily Express reported:
"Britain will today be hit by the first wave of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants keen to take advantage of our generous taxpayer-funded benefits. At least 5,000 are expected in the first week alone. The Daily Express has found evidence of an exodus from hundreds of impoverished communities across Romania."
An "exodus" no less. Elsewhere the Express reported a "stampede of eastern Europeans" pouring through open "floodgates" while columnist Leo McKinstry had previously declared "the numbers will undoubtedly be huge", adding "the influx from Bulgaria and Romania is likely to dwarf anything seen before".
They weren't the only ones indulging in such hyperbole:
But 12 months on we now know all this hyperbole was nonsense. Official figures now show the lifting of restrictions lead to an increase in the number of Romanians and Bulgarians entering the UK of just 2,000 people compared to the same measurable period the year before restrictions were lifted (47,000 versus 45,000).
What's more, those figures do not take into account the number of people leaving the UK. Figures released earlier in the year suggested there was a net change of around 4,000 fewer Romanian and Bulgarian workers in the UK following the lifting of restrictions.