Skip to content
Search the BBC
In pictures: Newsbeat listener Jade Worrall in Romania
2 December 2013
Last updated at 05:49
See photos of Jade Worrall's trip to Bucharest and Cernavoda.
Newsbeat took 20-year-old Jade Worrall to Romania to meet young people thinking of moving to the UK. Jade admits to having concerns about the impact of immigration back home, but says she left convinced that Romanians will move to the UK for good reasons, not as scroungers. This building is the heaviest in the world, a palace built by Romania's former Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu.
Jade met 24-year-old Cosmin Toma, who hopes to move to the UK soon. He'll be staying with family but looking for IT work and somewhere to live. Cosmin admits he'd accept a lesser job to get started, but says he's not interested in living off benefits. He's been unable to find a job in his home town of Focsani and says the average salary is only around £150 a month there.
The Memorial of Rebirth is a monument marking the spot where people in Bucharest held a revolution in 1989. It led to Nicolae Ceauşescu being overthrown and executed. This helped trigger Romania's move towards democracy and its eventual acceptance into the European Union.
Alexandra Ion studied in Sheffield and now works at Bucharest University. The 27-year-old says Romania is Latin country and that people leaving may be more keen to go to places such as France and Italy. She would consider returning to the UK but only temporarily and says she loves her home country.
Jade visited the town of Cernavoda, 100 miles east of Bucharest. This is a much poorer area, where many of the homes are nothing more than shacks and some streets still have open sewers. The biggest local employer is a nuclear power plant but there are few opportunities for unskilled workers.
Niculae is 26 and desperate to leave Cernavoda. He works odd jobs but dreams of a construction job in England, because he has heard the money is better there. He knows people who have paid up front to work abroad and been ripped off, so hopes the EU changes will give him a chance of finding legal work in the UK.
The view from Nicuale's flat's kitchen window is a reminder that many in the town have much less than he does.
Alina is 25 and lives with her husband and two children in Cernavoda. During the winter they live in one room, part of a disused mental hospital. It is below the water line so there are damp patches on the walls. Alina says neither she nor her husband have enough of an education to consider leaving Romania. She says British people have nothing to fear from immigrants.
A pig can be quite lucrative for families in Romania. This one is sleeping in a sty outside Alina's home.
Newsbeat politics reporter Jim Taylor speaks to 18-year-old Elena. It is dark because there is no electricity or heating in her flat. Elena dreams of moving to the UK to study but isn't sure how she will afford it.
Children play in one of Cernavoda's poorest areas. Temperatures can drop to minus 20C (-4F) in the winter.
Share this story