Alexandra Bulat, an EU citizen and Romanian national, brings some balance to the narrative about Romanians in the UK because there are criminals of every nationality...

“Romanian criminals”, “Romanian traffickers”, “Romanian thieves”...

Yes, we all heard this.

We have seen them all over the tabloid front pages.

But how much have you read about “Romanian students”, “Romanian businesses”, “Romanian academics”, “Romanian doctors” on those very front pages?

Daily Express

Daily Express

Daily Express

Daily Mail

It’s not about national groups. “Good” and “bad” people exist in every state, territory, religious group and culture. But we are taught to generalise about specific groups in specific ways.

Today, I want to add to the “human face” of Romanian migration to the UK.

Have you heard of...

Nicolae Ratiu, Romanian philanthopist, whose Family Charitable Foundation offers many grants for postgraduate courses, academic research, and other projects?

Have you heard of...

George Iacobescu, a Romanian who moved to London in the 1980s, now the chairman and CEO of the Canary Wharf Group?

Have you heard of...

Alina Cojocaru, famous Romanian ballet dancer in London?

Alina Cojocaru & Herman Cornejo in “La Bayadere”, American Ballet Theatre, 2016. (Wikimedia / MajoLavandera)


And, finally, did you know that the grandparents of “Mr Speaker” John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, were Romanian Jews who arrived in the UK a century ago?

John Bercow (Flickr / Julian Mason)

It is up to us, Romanians in the UK and our friends and colleagues of all nationalities to change this dominant media narrative.

Share your story as a Romanian in the UK, share the stories of your Romanian acquaintances and do not buy the Daily Mail.

It is not only about famous Romanians in business, the arts or politics. It is about your Romanian neighbours, friends and colleagues who work in every single sector.

I finally would like to share The Guardian reporters Lisa O’Carroll and Sean Smith’s brilliant photo essay, “Romanians in the UK: If we go, who will do the jobs after Brexit?”.🔷


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(This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article, with the author’s conscent, with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected.)

(Cover: Dreamtime/Andrii Yalanskyi.)



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PhD researcher at the UCL SSEES. Cambridge University and Sussex University graduate. Working on EU migration. One of the3million. Intellectual diversity.

Cambridge, Clacton & London, UK. Articles in PMP Magazine Website