Romanian Migrant Number 1 in UK Sacked from First Job
The first Romanian who entered Britain on January 1, 2014, after the lifting of labor restrictions for his country, has been forced out of his job.
Thirty-year-old Victor Spirescu was greeted as a celebrity upon his arrival at the Luton Airport in London, where he was welcomed by Labor MP Keith Vaz and crowds of reporters. Spirescu was the first migrant to enter the country under the new immigration laws, and has become a media target ever since, according to an interview he gave for the Daily Telegraph.
In it, the young Romanian blames the constant attention from journalists for his dismissal. Spirescu says that reporters held him on the phone while he was at work and aggravated his employers at the Aldi supermarket in Biggleswade, Beds. (The Telegraph)
As the attention to the "public face of the Romanian workers" (The Times) grows further, reporters from "The Sun" dug into his past to find out that in 2010 Spirescu attacked his ex-girlfriend and threatened to drown her in a lake. The same newspaper reports that the two split up because of Victor's difficulty to find a job.
Today, however, Spirescu claims to be a new man with a changed life. (The Telegraph) He is engaged to the 19-year-old Catalina Curcean, and the two share a home in the village of Pelisor, where Spirescu worked as a handyman.
It was the need to renovate and refurbish their house that drove him to Britain. Amid the fears of Eastern European "benefit tourism," Victor says, "I don't come to rob your country. I come to work and then go home." (The Telegraph)
The craze surrounding the removal of labor barriers for Bulgaria and Romania has always been a pendant threat to the British community. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has been insisting on stricter requirements for access to Britain because of fears of social benefits abuse.
In 2005, the European Union had imposed temporary limits to the right of entry for Bulgarians and Romanians. As of 2014, the two member states have unrestricted access to the British labor market.
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