Felicia Buruiana, a doctor from Romania who works in England „People would tut or pull a face when I said I was Romanian”

Felicia Buruiana, a doctor from Romania who works in England.

Trainee doctor Felicia Buruiana first realised the newspaper headlines warning of a tide of Romanian beggars and benefits cheats were starting to intrude on her day-to-day life when patients began taking a keen interest in her background.

At first the 37-year-old got "funny looks" when she told them she was Romanian because she "didn’t look like a gypsy". Then, as the political and media rhetoric around Romanian and Bulgarian immigration to the UK grew more toxic, patients’ attitudes began to harden.

"There was this certain reaction," says Buruiana over a coffee at the end of her shift at her new hospital in Hertfordshire. "People would tut or pull a face when I said I was Romanian. In the end it was happening all the time and it made things very difficult. I was going home thinking: this is so disappointing, so sad, so tiring. This is not the UK I had got to know."

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