Magazine article New Internationalist

Keeping UK IP out of EU

Magazine article New Internationalist

Keeping UK IP out of EU

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BRITAIN

Romanians, Bulgarians and other European groups living in Britain are campaigning to stop the antiimmigrant UK Independence Party (UKIP) from winning seats in upcoming EU elections.

One of the groups behind the initiative is AARBD, an alliance opposing the discrimination against Romanians and Bulgarians, which was set up in December last year to counter the relentless negative stereotyping of Eastern European migrants.

Romanian Victor Spirescu found himself in the thick of it when he landed at Luton airport on 1 January 2014 to be greeted by television cameras. He had stepped offthe plane on the day working restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians were lifted, making him the face of the British immigration debate - which had taken a Kafkaesque turn.

Britain's tabloid media had laid the groundwork for Spirescu's temporary fame with warnings of an 'impending invasion' of jobseekers and benefit scroungers, which never materialized. …

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