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May 19, 2022

Ambassador Grogan suggests some EU countries should learn from the good integration of Romanians in Ireland

The Ambassador of Ireland to Bucharest, Oliver Grogan, said during a debate on the subject ‘Six years of restrictions for Romanians on the labour market in the European Union’, yesterday, that Romanians who wanted to go abroad had already done it and there was no evidence to suggest a new influx of Romanian migrants after the removal of labour restrictions in his country. ‘Many Romanians are willing to take low-pay jobs, and the social benefits are at the same level as in the UK. We don’t mean to lecture anyone, but it would probably be useful that they look at our experience’, Mediafax quotes Ambassador Grogan as saying. The ambassador presented the situation of Romanian immigrants to Ireland, a country that liberalised access to employment for Romanians in 2012, saying that there were approximately 40,000 Romanians in Ireland. ‘It doesn’t sound like a huge figure, but Ireland has a population of 4.5 M, which means that the concentration is much higher when compared to Britain. The Romanian community in Ireland is the second largest. Romanians have integrated nicely and I haven’t heard of any major social issues’, said the Irish ambassador in Bucharest.
Attending the conference, the former Chief Negotiator of Romania with the EU in 2000-2004, Vasile Puscas, said January 1, 2014 would be a turning point for the EU and noted that, unless the labour market was liberalised, one would not be able to mention reform as the main engine out of the crisis. Puscas said it was an inexplicable thing how in the EU there can be a rhetoric such as the current one on human resources in Great Britain. ‘Great Britain upholds the primacy of the domestic market. That’s an electoral type of rhetoric. Whenever something goes wrong, Romanians are to blame. If some slaughterhouse mixes up labels, Romanians are to blame. Thinking in stereotypes seems to be bothersome and also dangerous for the UK’, Puscas said.
On the other hand, the Ambassador of Great Britain to Bucharest, Martin Harris, told a press conference in Sibiu yesterday that British officials were ‘for the free movement of labour’, but against abusing such right, an abuse that ‘is an European issue’ and therefore must be deterred at the level of the entire Union

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