This article originally appeared on VICE Romania
Romanians really love to travel. So much so that some of them never return home. That’s what I did, too: I travelled all over Europe and then decided to settle down in Manchester.
In 2015, there were about 223,000 Romanians living legally in the United Kingdom. 2015 was also the year when the EU referendum was first announced and so people started to debate and estimate the result. Most of Romanian expats were certain team Remain would win, but it turned out we were wrong. I will always remember the confused expressions on my friends faces the day of the results, and the horrible mood everyone was in.
Yet, it’s been a month and the Thames still flows, the Big Ben bells still chime and your coworkers will still get the gak in after the pub on Friday. Seemingly nothing’s changed. I wanted to feel the pulse of the Romanians out here, to find out how this month has gone by for them, so I talked to a few fellow expats in England.