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Romanian & British citizen 🇬🇧. Co-Director @migrantdemos. Project Manager @polishmigrants. @UKLabour Abbey Cllr @CambsCC. Usually on a bus 🚌
Aug 23, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
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?
May 16, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
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.
Apr 20, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
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:
Apr 17, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
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.
Mar 6, 2018 19 tweets 8 min read
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.
Feb 26, 2018 14 tweets 7 min read
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.
Jan 12, 2018 20 tweets 15 min read
#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