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'We want to get into your country before someone locks the door'
« on: February 17, 2013, 09:20:27 PM »

'We want to get into your country before someone locks the door': Shocking investigation into the coming wave of immigration from Romania and Bulgaria

By Guy Adams
 PUBLISHED:  00:44, 16 February 2013

Lounging on the steps of a crumbling Soviet-era apartment block on the outskirts of Romania?s most notorious slum, Iordan Rupa is drinking apple brandy and waiting for his mobile phone to ring.
Pulling a woollen hat tightly over his ears, he gestures at the filthy streets, filled with packs of stray dogs, mountains of rubble and litter, potholes, and the occasional burnt-out car.
?Look at this place,? he says. ?There is nothing for us here. No jobs, no money. But if God is willing, this telephone will soon bring the chance of a better life.?

Homeless Romanian Gypsies living in Ferentari, the poorest part of Bucharest. They intend to come to the UK to find work

Roughly 1,600 miles away, in Dalston, North-East London, his uncle, Petru, is at this moment supposed to be visiting a branch of the money-wiring company Western Union.

Petru has promised to send him enough cash to buy a one-way coach ticket from central Bucharest, just a short drive from Ferentari where Iordan lives, to the UK. He?s due to call once the transaction has been completed.

?When the money arrives, I start packing,? says Iordan, his breath freezing in the winter air. ?I have a last weekend with my wife and children then I leave for London.?
His first stop, after disembarking at Victoria Coach Station, will be a distribution centre for The Big Issue. He plans to register as one of the homeless magazine?s sellers, before finding a pitch on the streets of the capital.
Under a loophole in EU immigration rules, Big Issue sellers can claim ?self-employed status?, thereby gaining a National Insurance number and, with it, an instant legal foothold in the British labour market.

The Gypsies live in a makeshift shelter underneath a hot water pipe which helps to keep them warm

Last year, it emerged that an astonishing one in three of all of the title?s street sellers in Britain comes from Romania. Most of them ? like Iordan ? also hail from the country?s Roma gypsy community.
?My uncle says you make ?40-?45 each day selling the magazine,? he explains, speaking through a translator. ?Here in Romania, I sometimes don?t make that in a week. That?s why many people like me are putting their hope in your country.?
Iordan, 35, will be treading a well-worn path. So far, 15 of his cousins have gone to the UK, joining around 100,000 of their countrymen. They, too, supported themselves by hawking The Big Issue, but have mostly graduated to higher-paying jobs.
?Once you are set up in London, they say there is plenty of work,? he says. ?I?ll soon find something in construction, or at car washes; wherever the money is best.?
He hopes by Christmas to have saved enough to pay for his wife Daniela, 34, and their two small children to join him in the UK.

A change in EU law coming in January means these Romanians can then freely live and work in the UK

They will arrive shortly after New Year?s Day 2014, when all 29 million citizens of Romania and neighbouring Bulgaria will gain full rights to live, work and claim benefits in Britain under EU ?freedom of movement? rules.
By the autumn of next year, Iordan hopes to have his eldest child, three-year-old Nicolae, learning ?the English of the Queen?, free of charge in a state nursery school.
It?s a dream that will soon become much easier for all Romanians to achieve. For the EU law change coming in January means they?ll no longer have to find dubious ways to claim ?self-employed status? in order to join the UK labour market.
It?s not surprising, then, that Iordan believes many more of his countrymen will be tempted to hop on to coaches and budget flights to London. ?In this neighbourhood alone, I think hundreds will go,? he says ominously.
?This situation may not last for ever. People want to get into your country before someone decides to padlock the door.? However, there is nothing to suggest the door into Britain is going to be padlocked any time soon.

Our Government?s response to concerns about the numbers of immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria has been shambolic. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said in January that the Government had estimated the number expected but refused to publish the report for fear of ?scaring? the public.  Yet this week, the Mail revealed Mr Pickles had been mistaken ? and there was no such study.
Meanwhile, David Cameron was talking tough on Thursday while campaigning in Eastleigh ahead of the by-election, saying Britain must do more to deter immigrants by cutting their benefits and access to services. Inevitably, the EU immediately warned that restrictions would be unlawful.
But will anything our politicians do quell Iordan Rupa?s ambition to bring his family here? You don?t have to spend long walking the pot-holed streets of Ferentari to appreciate why so many residents are desperate to leave.

Iordan Nel, 44, wearing a Man Utd hat, lost his job two years ago and was evicted from his home. He will move to the UK in January to find work

This slum, in the south-west of Bucharest, is regarded as a no-go area by ordinary Romanians on account of its ubiquitous drug-dealers, street prostitutes and organised crime.
By day, women too poor to afford overcoats, place dressing gowns over their clothes to walk to corner stores, where tinned food and cigarettes are served through metal bars for security. By night, taxi drivers refuse to enter side-streets, for fear of car-jackings. Since two-thirds of local homes do not have proper plumbing, a whiff of raw sewage floats on the icy breeze.
Around 90,000 of the EU?s poorest inhabitants live in Ferentari?s five square miles, across a grim expanse of 1970s apartment blocks, tatty concrete houses, and shacks with breeze-block walls and corrugated iron roofs.

Patches of wasteland are filled with marauding gangs of unwashed children who ? through accident, design or neglect ? have not been enrolled in school. Half of those who live here are Roma gypsies.

Many of this ethnic underclass in Romania live below the breadline and inhabit what the World Bank calls a ?deep pocket? of poverty. It?s hardly surprising that so many dream of an escape.
?Britain is perfect for me: a place I can find work and start again,? says Ionida Nei, 44, a Roma who lost his job as an electrician two years ago and was evicted from his home.

?There is no future here. Nobody thinks of the people of Ferentari. Not the government, not the mayor, not the police. I?m a strong man. I will work hard. I can do construction, farming, anything.?
Ionida lives in appalling squalor inside a wooden shack sandwiched underneath two vast hot water pipes on the edge of a patch of muddy wasteland.
The metal pipes, burning hot to the touch, were built during the Communist era to supply local high-rises with central heating. Today, they stop him freezing to death on cold winter nights.


The Roma gypsies in Romania live in what the World Bank has called a 'deep pocket' of poverty

Too poor even to own a pair of shoes, he ekes out a living ? with three men who share the shack ? by combing through rubbish tips for scrap metal to sell.
When Romanians are granted unfettered access to Britain, Ionida will find an employment agency in his home country willing to pay his coach fare to the UK ? in return for a cut of his future earnings.
?The people who run these agencies are often gangsters who will steal your wages,? he says. ?But when you have nothing, you must take a chance.?
Similar calculations have been made before, by hard-up residents of different countries in Eastern Europe. In 2004, the last time EU rules were relaxed, residents of Poland were granted the right to live and work in the UK.
At the time, the Blair government estimated between 5,000 and 13,000 Poles would come over.
 In the event, more than 600,000 have settled, arriving at a rate which peaked at 250,000 in a single year.

Last year?s census revealed Britain is now home to 1,114,368 Eastern Europeans, and Polish is our second most popular language. So could history be about to repeat itself with Romania? The Government won?t ? or can?t ? say.

But 40,000 Romanians are currently moving to the UK a year thanks to the ?self-employment? loophole and allowances for certain industries.
A recent study by the think-tank MigrationWatch UK estimated that number will increase to 70,000 in January, and stay elevated for the next five years, increasing our population by ?the same as a city the size of Plymouth or Newcastle?.
Some Tory MPs, along with London Mayor Boris Johnson, are concerned about cost of such an influx. A few have called for limits on the numbers of new arrivals, and their access to benefits and public services such as the NHS.
The Romanian government has been angered by such talk, pointing out ? rightly ? that such a move would be illegal under EU law. Its labour minister, Mariana Campaneau, insisted last week that there?s no reason to expect a surge in migration to the UK in 2014.

Some UK politicians have called for a curb on arrivals from Romania and Bulgaria, but such a move would be illegal under EU law

?I wonder what the fears are based on,? she told a British newspaper. ?There are no concrete arguments for these fears of some journalists and politicians.? But try telling that to the people of Ferentari.
I bump into Marius Gheorghe as he walks to a supermarket to buy nappies and powdered milk for his one-month-old son, Albert.
A 25-year-old waiter, he spends half his ?250-a-month salary renting a tiny apartment. The living room is dominated by a blurry television playing Romanian pop songs.
It is surprising to discover Marius?s partner, Mariana, 27, has a brother who has lived in Solihull for almost five years and runs a cleaning company. She went to visit him last year, and toyed with the idea of staying permanently.
But Mariana was put off by the prospect of having to fill in the lengthy and severe-looking forms from the UK Border Agency. Come January, those forms will be history. Like any parents, the couple are anxious to give their child the best possible future. Marius says: ?From January, that future is in Britain.?
?Yes, the cost of living is higher, but at least they allow you to have a decent living. Here, at the end of the month, there?s nothing left.

The couple estimate that, in their own circles, 50 per cent of their generation of working-class Romanians have already left, or hope to leave.
Statistics bear them out. Between 2004 and 2011, the population of Romania fell from 21,687,000 to 19,043,000. Around a million are now living in Italy, Spain, and France ? which had eased freedom of movement rules in that period.
Come January, Marius expects Britain to start pulling in its share. Average salaries in Romania are just under ?400 a month, whereas in the UK the figure is ?2,208.
?People here dream with their eyes open, and more and more of them dream of London,? he says. ?Yesterday, my bartender said he plans to get a job at a pub near to the Arsenal stadium. He?s a big fan.?
Marius works 60 hours a week, and tells me he?d happily toil even harder, on weekdays and weekends, for a chance to earn the British minimum wage of ?6.19 per hour.
While he says he intends to pay his taxes and become a productive member of British society, he will also, like any other legal immigrant, be entitled to claim benefits.
?I?m coming to work, not for hand-outs,? he says. ?But if the system helps support my family, then of course I will take it. Here I get 20 lei (?4) a week in child benefit, and they made me queue for five days to register for it. In your country, I?d get five times that.?


The men say they are coming to the UK to work, not for handouts

Meanwhile, in Britain, it emerged last week that ?1 million of taxpayers? money is  already being given in benefits to EU immigrants for 40,000 children who don?t live in the UK.
That figure does not surprise one man who gives his name as Crain, a mechanical engineer who recently returned to Bucharest after four years in London as a builder.
?There will be a proportion of Romanian people who won?t integrate into society, or get jobs, and will instead try to live off the taxpayer,? he admits, when we meet at his city centre office.
?The problem, of course, is that your benefits system will let them do that. It can be too generous. So the solution for this must come from your Government. Make rules that can?t be exploited.?
At a British-themed bar in Bucharest?s pretty historical quarter, I find Vlad Raletchi, 28, an IT specialist, drinking Guinness. This time next year, he?ll be in a real British pub.
?In the UK, I see companies charging 100 times what I charge here, for the exact same job,? he says. ?If you have a degree, Romanian banks will lend the money for your ticket.?
Faced by this universal desire to come to Britain, the Cameron Government has talked of launching an advertising campaign that aims to ?correct the impression that Britain?s streets are paved with gold?.
Apparently, it will focus on the dreary unpredictability of our weather. But will that really faze the locals? ?In Romania, winter temperatures can drop below ?30C,? laughs Radhu Blaga, 57, a forklift truck driver from Ferentari who was recently made redundant from a chocolate factory. ?Parts of the country stay frozen for months.
?I?ve worked my whole life, but now I can barely pay my bills. I had to sell my car yesterday to settle my debts. Now I?m wondering how to get food. I?d do anything for a job in Britain. So do you really think I?d be put off by a bit of rain??
The answer is all too plain ? and as I will reveal in Part Two of this investigation, there are numerous ruthless gang-masters ready and willing to extract the highest price from these people in their efforts to reach the Promised Land.

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Re: 'We want to get into your country before someone locks the door'
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2013, 11:36:28 AM »
My warning to Britain: Why the left-wing mayor of German town wants you to see what happened when Romanian migrants moved in

?Gangs of migrants congregate around the town's tower blocks in intimidating fashion
?400 Romanians and Bulgarians have moved into one tower block
?Neighbourhood is now a hotspot for crime and anti-social behaviour
?Duisburg council tell Britain to be on their guard as the migrants will move to take advantage of our benefits system

 By Louise Eccles

PUBLISHED: 23:21, 8 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:19, 9 March 2013

Softly-spoken pensioner Marlene Bothge seems an unlikely owner of a 200,000-volt stun gun, but after her neighbours stole the light bulbs from the corridor of the seven-storey tower block in which she used to live, she no longer felt safe without it.

?I am sad it has come to this?, she says. ?This is a weapon young people carry, not 65-year-old women. I should not feel threatened in my own home.?

As we talk outside the crumbling tower block, now surrounded by rubbish, discarded furniture and human excrement, Mrs Bothge fidgets nervously with her long grey plait. This was her home for 18 years until she and her husband moved out of their fifth-floor flat in November when the filth, noise and crime became unbearable.


Feared: Gangs of Romanian migrants now congregate in areas of Duisburg which has forced many German inhabitants out

In the past 12 months, 400 Romanians and Bulgarians have moved into the block of 46 flats in Rheinhausen, a once-respectable suburb of the German city of Duisburg. Local officials claim they have migrated here en masse in anticipation of the social welfare they will be entitled to next year.

From January 2014, all 29 million citizens of Romania and Bulgaria will gain full rights to live, work and claim benefits here under EU ?freedom of movement? rules.

Many of the German city?s new residents are Roma gypsies who have travelled here together from the villages of F?nt?nele, in Romania, in search of a better life. Those villages are now deserted, while in Duisburg, flats designed for families of three or four have up to 15 people squeezed into them. For this, they pay ?350-a-month ? seemingly biding their time for the next ten months.

Unable to work or speak German, and with the schools already full, the Romanians and Bulgarians congregate in their dozens outside the tower block each day. The neighbourhood is now a hotspot for crime and anti-social behaviour.


Bad attitude: This gypsy boy shows his disdain at being snapped, while right, Roma woman Maria Marin (in headscarf) would like to come to the UK next year

The block ? known by its address, 3-5 In Den Peschen ? had never been one of Duisburg?s more luxurious dwellings, but for years it was kept in good order by its houseproud German residents. Gradually they have nearly all moved out as the new arrivals have moved in. There are now only three German families left. Housewife Mrs Bothge quietly explains why.

?They defecate and urinate in the corridors and the stairwells ? the adults and the children,? she says of the Bulgarians and Romanians. ?The men play card games outside the flats and, if they need the toilet, they just pull their trousers down and do their business right there. They have working toilets so I cannot understand it.

?The stairwell became so dirty that I didn?t want my children to visit anymore. There were rats everywhere and the noise was so bad at night. They stripped the corridors of everything. The paintings and plants I had bought to make it look nice, even my mop when I left it outside for 15 minutes.?

As she speaks, children run around the grounds beneath the tower block playing and screaming, while groups of men ? one man carries a crowbar ? sit on the walls drinking red wine from the bottle. The women shout to one another from their balconies, occasionally throwing bottles and packaging on to the ground below. The children are so used to being hit by debris that they shield their heads as they run beneath the balconies.

Danger zone: Bottles and debris are thrown from the overcrowded balconies

A girl of seven or eight walks along a row of cars nearby and checks the door handle on each one. Perhaps it is a child?s innocent game. Perhaps not. The stench of human waste hangs in the air.

As we approach the block to take some photographs of Mrs Bothge, a group of young men runs over to us, shouting: ?Go away grey-hair. It?s not good for you here. You go! Now!? We quickly withdraw.

The mother-of-two is too nervous to have her picture taken that day. While still in the tower block, the Bothges lived in fear of being burgled or mugged. Mrs Bothge bought the stun gun and pepper spray for protection. Four months ago, when a neighbour tried to pick the lock on their flat door, the couple finally gave up and moved to another rented flat.

Nevertheless, Mrs Bothge says she does not blame the Romanian and Bulgarian people, but the European policy-makers. ?They do not integrate into German society because they have no jobs, they do not speak the language and the children are not in school,? she says.

?We do not want them to go away, we know they are poor, but money needs to be spent to help them integrate. We feel let down by the EU. They should have realised this would happen when they opened the doors to such poor countries.?

With no means of earning money, police say some Romanians and Bulgarians are turning to crime ? or using their children to commit crimes. Police officer Hanna Beuckmann says pick-pocketing and prostitution is now ?a big problem? locally, while the council admits some residents ?have been mugged two or three times and are scared to go out?.

Last week Soeren Link, the city?s Left-wing mayor, made global headlines when he said the Romanians and Bulgarians were dumping piles of rubbish ?taller than I am? and sending their children on ?stealing missions?.

He was ?quite sure? that most of the 6,700 Romanians and Bulgarians in Duisburg ? population 488,000 ? were aware of the social welfare they will be entitled to in the New Year. ?I expect most of them will claim benefits?, he said.

Many are uneducated or unskilled, and will struggle to find work in a city where unemployment is at 16 per cent. Yet they arrive at a rate of 200 every month. The council estimates that from next year it will cost ?15 million a year to house and feed them. The city is now appealing to the EU for financial help to cope with the influx.

Mr Link believes that Britain ? known for its similarly generous welfare system ? will also suffer the ?consequences of opening the EU to these states?.

Retired architect Hans Halle, 65, and his wife Helga, 63, live in a six-bedroom house opposite the eyesore at 3-5 In Den Peschen. Last month, they learned that their ?200,000 home had plummeted in value to ?78,000 in a single year, following the arrival of the Romanians and Bulgarians.

The Halles had planned to downsize after their children moved out, but can no longer afford to do so. Grandmother Mrs Halle says: ?A year ago this was a normal area but it is now a slum. We feel defeated and we feel angry at the EU.? The Halles feel terrified in their own home and have been spat at, threatened and had their car vandalised.

?The women here don?t go out at night. I even call my husband to escort me from the car to our front door. It?s not a life any more.?

The tower block is owned by Branco Baresic, the owner of Duisburg?s largest brothel, Sexxx Palace. Mr Baresic, an overweight man with a manicured beard and a black trench coat, arrives at the flats once a month to collect his rent in cash from the ?head? of the community.


Eyesore: Piles of rubbish left by Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants in front of a tower block which houses up to 400 people

He told the Mail: ?I rent it out and, after that, I don?t care who stays ? their aunt, their uncle, their brother.? He declined to take the Mail inside the building because, ?I could not guarantee your safety?.
Officials estimate that half of the residents are children. Mr Baresic laughs when asked about this.

?They have many babies because of the money they get for the children,? he says. Although Romanians and Bulgarians are not yet eligible for full benefits, a loophole in the EU rules allows residents to claim ?156 a month for every child they have if they register as self-employed.

Similarly, Bulgarians and Romanians who register in Britain as self-employed ? and selling the Big Issue counts ? are eligible for a National Insurance number and a wealth of hand-outs, including housing, council tax and child benefit.

The Department for Work and Pensions says the average claimant (across all nationalities) receives ?390 a month in housing benefits and ?65 a month in council tax benefits. They can also claim ?88 a month for their first child and ?58 a month for any child after that. It means someone with three children could collect ?660 a month in benefits.

Already at least 500 Romanians and Bulgarians in Duisburg have registered as ?self-employed?. Mrs Bothge believes these generous child benefits help explain why 14 pregnant women moved into the flat opposite her last spring. She says: ?I called the police when I heard screaming and they told me the noise was a 13-year-old girl giving birth.?

?In Romania, I got 10 euros a month for the children, here I get 200 euros,? he says. ?We feel comfortable here.?

Vasile, Romanian migrant 

Roberto, 46, who lives in a three-bedroom flat, admits he claims benefits for all nine of his children ? ?1,400 a month ? but insists he?d rather be working. The slim, weathered Romanian stands in his faded kitchen smoking, while his baby granddaughter clings to his legs.

He says: ?I did not have enough money to feed my family in Romania. I only earned ?175 a month. We have come to Germany because it is the economy?s motor. It is wrong to say the Roma come here for social welfare. We are a big family and won?t survive on social welfare alone. We want to get the kids into school and I want to find work. We are not like all the others. There are good and bad in every nation.?

In the nearby neighbourhood of Untermeiderich, a group of 100 Romanians and Bulgarians have recently moved into an empty block of flats.

Father-of-four Vasile, 23, is from Romania. He claims he is better off in Germany, even without a job. ?In Romania, I got 10 euros a month for the children, here I get 200 euros,? he says. ?We feel comfortable here.?

He has no occupation but finds work ?here and there?. What sort of work? ?Metal collecting?. If he fails to find a job next year in Germany he will come to England. I would like to go to Britain  because I have heard it is nice and they look after you,? he says.

Two doors away, single mother-of-four Maria Marin, 35, also has hopes of moving to Britain. She moved to Duisburg with her brother and sister and their families and pays ?400 a month rent for her three-bedroom flat. As she talks, she shows off a set of gleaming gold teeth.

?We live off social welfare but it is very little so I go metal collecting to pay my rent. I don?t like it here, it is a miserable city?, she says. ?I?d love to come to England next year because they have good social welfare for children.? Up to a third of the cars parked on the road at 3-5 In Den Peschen have British number plates, suggesting that many of the residents are already living in Britain for part of the year.

Others have Spanish and Italian number plates.

Mrs Halle says: ?They are moving around Western Europe looking for a better life. They will come to the UK, too, I feel sorry for you already.?

Romanians and Bulgarians who spoke to the Mail said they already had friends and family in England, mostly working as labourers.

Council press spokesman Frank Kopatschek says Duisburg?s problem will soon be Britain?s problem. He says: ?They have come to us first because we are closer, but it is well known the English benefits system is good, too. They are poorer than you can imagine, so any kind of life here is better than what they know. They will move to rich countries where they know they can get money.?

It would be utterly wrong ? and this needs to be stressed ? to characterise the Romanians and Bulgarians as scroungers. Clearly many want to work. But equally it would be wrong to deny that in Duisburg tensions between the incomers and local residents are rising.

On Tuesday, a march organised by the German equivalent of the English Defence League will pass through Duisburg. Civil rights groups are organising a counter-march and police are expecting trouble.

Mother-of-two Karin Sommer, 57, is one of the few Germans left in 3-5 In Den Peschen. She rarely leaves her home and has been verbally abused by the Roma residents for allowing the media to film the chaos from her balcony. She watches as two boys play with a discarded tyre in the courtyard below, stopping only to stick up their middle fingers at her.

She says sadly: ?They are allowed to work here next year but where can they work? There are not even enough jobs for the German people. Many more will come and where will they all live? The EU have told everyone: ?Come in, come in?, but they made no preparations and we are the ones left with the problem.

?We have been left to deal with it and we feel completely alone.?

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2290480/Romanian-migrants-blamed-rise-crime-German-town-Duisburg.html#ixzz2N2PYfqtL
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Re: 'We want to get into your country before someone locks the door'
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2013, 09:27:26 PM »

 Some of you may remember the outcry a couple of years back when some of our Northern Irish brethren took it upon themselves to "evict" the Roma Gypsies, who the MSM insisted on referring to as "Romanians", from areas of Belfast. The MSM and liberal do-gooders castigated the Northern Irish people and branded us as racists, bigots and dear knows what else. The one question they never addressed was WHY we threw the "Romanians" out. The reasons were, of course, identical to those given in the article below as to why we shouldn't have had them here in the first place.

 One interesting point, also largely ignored by the MSM, was that the Romanian government flatly refused to pay for their flights home to Romania stating that they didn't want them back. Internet blogs were coming down with comments from Romanians which said the same. As it turned out UK taxpayers paid for the flights, but many of the evicted "Romanians" mysteriously arrived back in Belfast on the very next plane. It is quite clear that the Romanians have their heads well screwed on. Something tells me the Romanian government is just busting to off-load as many of these creatures as possible onto us racists and bigots at the earliest opportunity.


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