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February 3, 2023

Riposte to ‘The Romanians are coming’ documentary : BBC broadcasts documentary on successful Romanians in the UK

Shortly after ‘The Romanians are coming’ documentary broadcast by British Channel 4 TV station inflamed the spirits and even caused a small diplomatic scandal, BBC has revenged Romanians. At the proposal of Tomy Tomescu, one of the leaders of the Romanian community in Great Britain, the channel broadcast on 6 March a documentary presenting immigrants on both sides of the barricade: those who have managed to lead a decent living in the UK and those who have not. The first category, usually graduates of prestigious universities, go to the UK not to beg or steal, but to find a job suitable for their qualification which is more than above average be it in Romania or the UK, the documentary says.

BBC reminds of a recent survey of the British Institute for Economic and Social Research suggesting that the immigrants bring more money to the country they go to than the country they left.

In addition, the documentary points out that in the first six months of their arrival to the UK only little more than 6% of the immigrants apply for welfare support after registration and obtaining a national socials security number, most of them having high qualifications most often in the banking or medical sector.

The material produced by BBC presents the case of a young lady from Sibiu, Iulia Creta, a dentist who graduated in Cluj Napoca. She chose to migrate to Great Britain and admits to being afraid of British prejudice on Romanians. In some of the places where supplied for a position she was put on hold when she told them, on the phone, that she was Romanian. In some cases the telephone call was never completed.

During the 30-minute documentary, the young Romanian lady is followed during several weeks, capturing her moments of disappointment, failed job interviews and how she obtained her first job in the UK on the third week after arrival to the kingdom.

The documentary however also presents the life of immigrants who are less professionally trained and also less fortunate, who live in disused garages or basements. Some used to have a decent job but lost it and all they want is to return home, having enough of sleeping in shelters. Becoming roofless in the UK, some of them return to their country and realise that, in their case, migrating to the UK was a mistake, as a woman from Poland states.

The sound track of the BBC documentary includes Romanian tunes.


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