Documentary-maker Tim Samuels delves behind the headlines about Romanians flooding the UK to leech off us. He discovers who has come here and why, as well as travelling to Romania to understand what life is like there. It’s in turn heartbreaking, surprising and warm. These are the most stand-out facts you’ll learn.
Think back to the end of last year, ahead of EU border controls being relaxed on January 1, 2014. Certain factions of the press warned of a sudden influx of Romanians, who would ‘steal’ our benefits, bleed dry the welfare system and and pitch up camp in our fields. It didn’t happen. Photographers and TV crews pitched up at Luton airport expecting a stampede… and they witnessed a modest dribble of Romanians.