Well it’s just finished, and it was very good. Watch it here:
The episode centered on a nurse, Mihaela, who left what looked like a relatively comfortable life in Constanta to work in a nursing home in Sheffield. (In fact, she had been promised another, more glamorous gig elsewhere: it was only when she arrived in the UK that she found out she was going to Sheffield: she also gets ripped off due to ‘complications’ with her papers and eventually returns home. It’s an awful story of exploitation by the agency that hired her).
If anyone comes across badly in this episode it is the English – the people of Sheffield especially – who are portrayed as racist scum. (Actually, the people interviewed are racist scum. One bloke even talked about the ‘weakening of British blood’. Really).
The programme also – it has to be said – does little for Sheffield’s image in general. Will the people of Sheffield (or the city council) be crying about it? No. Will there be protests outside of Channel 4’s offices? No.
We therefore await the reaction of the snobs. Given that, once again, no wealthy Romanian bankers living in Knightsbridge were featured, we are certain that they will still find something to complain about.
Meantime, the immediate reaction of Brits on Twitter appears to be very positive and generally pro-Romanian. A few examples from the hashtag #romaniansarecoming:
— Tahira Chaudry (@TeeBird2014) February 24, 2015
#romaniansarecoming helping people get on their feet often pays dividends in terms of long term tax revenue. These people *all* want to work
— Bethany Usher (@bethanyusher) February 24, 2015
so sad to see someone who works hard and still has too live in a box but yet people on benefits get everything #romaniansarecoming
— 20/09/95 (@jordanne_kaye95) February 24, 2015
Anyone thinking #romaniansarecoming is about beggars getting rich, just look at that nurse. In Romania nice life, here, small, simple house
— Chris McBride (@McChris85) February 24, 2015
— Stuart Young (@Stuartyoung001) February 24, 2015
Having polish/Romanian workers help my mum in hospital with dementia I've opened my eyes,some are amazing..#romaniansarecoming
— Kaz Mcvey (@kazza38) February 24, 2015
— Michael Oakes (@MichaelAOakes) February 24, 2015
Whatever the intentions of #romaniansarecoming , it is making me despise the Brits featured more than the Romanians!
— Steven Marsland (@stevemarsbar) February 24, 2015
Etc. More here.