October 2, 2022

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Romanians abroad work 4 extra hours to cope with the price increases. Some can no longer send money home

The big economies of the world show the first signs of weakness and put pressure on the budgets of the families of Romanians who have gone to work abroad.

Record inflation in the UK, for example, is forcing our people to work longer hours in order to survive. The British government has prepared relief schemes for citizens. Romanians can also receive financial support, but they must be legally employed in the Kingdom.

Cristian Dumitrescu is a driver and has been working in Great Britain for several years. He tells us that he barely makes ends meet, and lately he hasn’t been able to send money home. He works more so he can pay his bills.

Cristian Dumitrescu: “We have to work between 2 and 4 hours extra to cover the expenses. It’s already starting to feel really good because they’ve started a 4-day rail strike and food prices have started to rise. We have to work harder and harder.”

The UK faces additional pressures from Brexit, compounded by the impact of rising energy prices. And supply chains are severely affected. One of Britain’s most important cargo ports, Felixstowe, has gone on strike for the next 8 days. This after the transport of London and the south of England is affected by the strike of the underground and railway employees. People are asking for extra money to cope with the price hikes.

Anna Stewart, CNN London: “High energy prices continue to play an important role. In the last 12 months, the price of gas has increased by more than 95%, electricity by more than 50%. And now prices are pushing up other categories as well, especially food. All food and liquor prices are up 13 percent on a year ago.”

Each month, food prices rose by at least two percent, and some supermarket chains switched to discounts on some product categories, so as to mask the impact. Too high rents have led many Romanians to move out of the big cities. Others have given up going on vacation and are looking for a job. Nevertheless, Romanian workers continue to come to the Kingdom. Many are leaving including Italy and Spain, countries where the economies are severely affected.

Delia Chiuzbaian, Link Community Center director: “There are many Romanians who are coming now to complete the family. They are usually those who were left at home during the pandemic. Those who come and apply for residency are not always accepted.”

The government allocates a number of financial aids, but only employees who work with legal forms receive the money, that is, they pay their rent and contributions to the British state. In addition, free English courses are offered for the unemployed.

Inflation in the UK has reached its highest level in 40 years, surpassing 10 percent last month. The Bank of England warns that inflation could exceed 13 percent in October, and more and more voices are calling for urgent measures to keep costs under control. And the German economy is showing signs of weakness. Last month, inflation in Germany rose to 7.5%. There are countries where the largest communities of Romanians live. In the UK I work for a million. Likewise in Germany, where almost 900,000 Romanians work permanently.

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