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#bbcqt just before Q2 I commented on @dominicraab's statement on @the3million and @BritishInEurope
@BBC edited it out
Are non-UK ppl not allowed to challenge the deal after all?
At least @DawnButlerBrent , @thatginamiller etc heard it
I just want ppl to be informed⬇️
@DominicRaab @The3Million @BritishInEurope @BBC @DawnButlerBrent @thatginamiller What I said today on #bbcqt and did not make it on TV:
#citizensrights deal for @The3Million and @BritishInEurope is not 'a done deal' because
1. 'Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed' - Theresa May
2. It does not comply with Vote Leave's promise of 'automatically granted indefinite leave to remain' (1 June 2016 Vote Leave statement)

The current "done deal" is based on settled status for @The3Million
This is not automatic as one has to qualify and pay for it.
This is not in line with what many of my friends voted for
This is not about being pro- or anti-migration. It is about campaign accountability.
Who is held accountable for campaign lies that affect millions of people?

Very disappointed that a criticism from a Romanian young woman did not make it to the televised #bbcqt. My accent may not be perfect for TV but we were in #Islington, home for many non-UK people. The audience should represent them as well
No voice in the #EUref
No voice in #GeneralElection
No voice on #bbcqt
Where can @The3Million have a voice?

To conclude, @DominicRaab statement that @The3Million and @BritishInEurope is a finalised deal is simply misleading.

They might not have liked my point, or the programme was too long, but I do have a point.

And I'll continue criticising the deals on #citizensrights until they comply with the Vote Leave promises.
Otherwise, no politicians would ever be held accountable for their campaign lies, be the rights of @The3Million, @NHSMillion or whatever it may be
So please, be critical of what you hear on TV.
I have seen many of you ask why did no one criticise @DominicRaab 's point.
I did, but it was not good enough to make it on screen.
Do speak out and keep fighting for your rights.

P.S. There is great work done by @LizzyBuchan, @lisaocarroll and others who actually speak to non-UK people, not only talk about them like others.
We do need the 'human face of migration' in the debate, and we also need migrants speaking for themselves in UK politics&society.
P.P.S. After a few comments that #bbcqt is not actually edited, would be good to hear a @bbcquestiontime response - why is my comment not on screen?
And even if edited because the programme was too long, why take out the ONLY criticism of #citizensrights deal?
Thank you.
Perhaps this - the MSM not giving voice- is the core reason why we have such negative views on migration.
We get the Mail's stories on Romanians but we cannot get a Romanian's voice on #bbcqt
A comprehensive debate on migration means listening to migrants too.
Thank you for all your support.
Whatever your political views, you have a right to be informed on the facts about the 'deal' on #citizenrights.
This is not about being left or right, pro- or anti-migration.
It is about holding politicians to account when they mislead the public.
Polite as always, I just submitted my complaint to @BBC. Feel free to take info from my text. Taxpayer-funded corporations should be accountable and explain why they edited a point about politicians' accountability.
UPDATE: In absence of a reason so far, I escalated this further by writing to my MP. If you are concerned about my challenge to the lie about #citizensrights not being heard, please contact your MP telling why it's important Vote Leave promises on our rights are respected 100%
ACTION Update: Some of you expressed the wish to raise this issue with your MPs or local politicians. I drafted a letter for you, please feel free to copy all or parts of it. Thanks again for your support. Let's hold #citizensrights lies to account!
UPDATE: Received a reply from my MP saying he will continue to pressure the Government on #citizensrights. My MP has always been supportive on this issue. Thank you @DanielZeichner !
UPDATE BBC complaint: It is not true there was no interaction with the panel. I explicitely corrected a panelist's comment @The3Million @BritishInEurope

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Aug 23, 2018
I heard many people claim we should end "low skilled EU migration" and "of course the brighest and the best should be able to come".

I want to share with you some life stories of the Romanians I interviewed, in the hope they challenge the low-high skilled migrant tickbox ⬇️
Maria came to the UK with a degree in Mathematics from Romania. Her first job was tidying hotel rooms. Then she qualified as a social worker and perfected her English. In less than 5 years, she was a care home manager in a big town.

She shouldn't have been allowed in the UK?
Valentin came to the UK after living in Italy for many years. He started from the bottom again, as a truck driver. Then he was employed in an auto park. In less than 3 years, he was a salesman for luxury cars.

He shouldn't have been allowed in the UK?
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May 16, 2018
Ok so I completed the @ukhomeoffice survey about international students.

I do not know who advised you on the question wording, but here are some thoughts from a Romanian PhD "international student" trained in social research methods in three UK universities.
Operationalisation is key to any social research.

Students from the EU and from non-EU countries will experience their time at university differently.

Huge difference in fees&more pressures from the #hostileenvironment on non-EU as they constantly have to prove their activity.
What is the point of this? Universities have data on the number of international students.
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Apr 20, 2018
Please help me fight anti-Romanian discourses!

Recently, there have been opportunistic interventions promoting anti-Romanian feelings, in the form of "Romanian [negative attribute] vs. [positive attribute] Commonwealth"

Please do contact me if you see anti-Romanian comments.
I will write to my MP @DanielZeichner and speak to Romanian institutions in the UK. @PaulBrummell may also be interested to look at this? @The3Million collected some of those anti-Romanian media interventions here:
These people are deliberately singling out Romanians to strengthen "us" vs. "them" attitudes. Weaker solidarity between migrant groups fits their political aims, nothing else.

They play into stereotypes about Romanians promoted for years by the Daily Mail et al.
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Apr 17, 2018
Dear Sir, I'm Romanian, here since 2012, I am now halfway through my PhD, and I had nothing to do with WW2 as I was born in 1994. Many of my friends are studying or working in Romania.

I stand against injustice for both Caribbean and EU peoples. Divide and rule does not work.
Wow. Did not expect my response to be so popular.

Now, the detail:

George needs to understand the different systems (for FoM and non-EU) and how and why they work as such.

George needs to understand that there were unfair and illegal deportations of both EU and non-EU peoples.
Thank you for all your comments. I try to respond to most of them.

I re-state my invitation to Mr Galloway to explain how singling out Romanians to make an easy political point helps the causes of the British left, which include community cohesion and understanding.
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Mar 6, 2018
I am a Romanian PhD student, teaching assistant & researcher. One of @theresa_may's praised "brightest and the best" whose "contributions are welcome".

This #TuesdayThoughts I want to share my story. Until I got to this point, I was in many ways an "undesirable migrant" ⬇️
My first experience in the UK was in 1997. My father got a temporary #NHS contract as there was a skill shortage. I attended the hospital's nursery for 7 months but my family chose to return to Romania. My mum was unemployed and my father had limited rights to work.
Meanwhile my parents got divorced. I attended a free school and skipped many classes in the last college years. Grew up mainly with "working class kids" sometimes doing dangerous things. But I achieved the highest grade in the Romanian Baccalaurate and this opened many doors.
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Feb 26, 2018
This evening I had the great pleasure to attend an event on @The3Million's #citizensrights at the Romanian Cultural Insitute #London, with speeches from @SuellaFernandes, @PaulBrummell & Romanian ambassador + Q&A with @DExEUgov, @ukhomeoffice, DWP, Education.
My thoughts ⬇️
Overall - and expected- a very positive tone from all parts, underlining the contribution Romanians make to the UK (this is really needed to balance the Mail & the Sun's coverage), and emphasizing the UK's commitment to #citizensrights.
However, the devil is in the detail.
To start with, Suella Fernandes references the #Florence speech and how EU citizens will continue to 'live their lives as before'.

- - 'Living their lives as before' is only logically possible if guaranteeing ALL existing rights.
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