Romania & Migrants: The Numbers Don’t Add Up

Romania – alongside the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia – predictably went rogue yesterday and voted against the EU’s proposal to allocate quotas of refugees to each of the Union’s countries. Poland, much to the chagrin of its Eastern European neighbours (and a fair percentage of its population no doubt), sensibly broke ranks and voted… Continue reading Romania & Migrants: The Numbers Don’t Add Up

Since when have refugees had to be poor? (And Victor Ponta gets something right)

We’ve read some utter shite over the past few days about the refugees and migrants currently transiting (or attempting to) Europe, but nothing matches this ‘news report’ (on a particularly vile little Romanian news blog) which popped into our Twitter feed yesterday. For those of you who do not read Romanian, the jist of it… Continue reading Since when have refugees had to be poor? (And Victor Ponta gets something right)

The Romanians Are Coming: Episode 2

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… Continue reading The Romanians Are Coming: Episode 2

The snobbery behind the outrage

@bucharestlife @romaniansenglan The documentary didn't show doctors,engineers but only the poorest of the poor &gypsies. A hit job @cojocul — Andrea Manea, CFA (@andrea_manea) February 23, 2015 Argh!!!!!! Poor people!!!!!! We thought it a bit strange that some Romanians might object to a television series that portrayed Romanians as, erm, hard working, entrepreneurial and prepared… Continue reading The snobbery behind the outrage

Immigrants of the world unite!

Why did we decide to move to Romania? There are various reasons, but one underlying motivation was the simple fact that at that time (1998) we had an opportunity to better ourselves. We were able to find work in Romania at a level we would probably have had to wait years to reach had we… Continue reading Immigrants of the world unite!