Time: 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
[quote_box_center]Documentarul “Gypsies On Benefits And Proud” (“Tigani cu ajutoare sociale si mandri“) va fi difuzat pe 11 aprilie, pe Channel 5, la ora locala 21.00[/quote_box_center]
Coming to Channel 5 on Friday 11th April, ‘Gypsies on Benefits and Proud’. Following the first top-rating series of “And Proud” this programme examines the lives of Roma gypsies who’ve come to the UK from Romania after work restrictions were lifted in January.
The programme brings a fascinating insight into the lives of Roma gypsies, both established in the UK, and coming to Britain as first-time immigrants in 2014.
Gypsies on Benefits and Proud gives three gypsy families a unique opportunity to tell their own personal stories.
The show follows father-of-three Ion Lazar, 36, (pronounced Yon) and five fellow immigrants as they travel to the UK in January 2014, just days after work restrictions on Romanians were lifted.
Ion is shameless about why he’s moving to London. “I know it’s very, very easy to take benefits in England… She’s give me home free, she’s give me money free, she’s give me everything,”
He wants to make £40,000 from benefits to help him build a new house for his family, back in the rural Romanian gypsy village where he grew up. “I need maybe forty thousand from benefits…. four zero thousand pounds for my family and I think this money I can make in one years maybe two.”
Katarina Cisarova, 43, is a larger-than-life Slovakian Roma. She has eleven children and eleven grandchildren in and around an estate in Rotherham. “It’s very nice. Big family yeah, Slovakia people! We have a good life here. We have everything that we want here,” she says.
In the seven years, she’s been here, Katarina has worked a handful of days. She lives with her out-of-work husband Peter and their four youngest kids – all teenagers. Everything is paid for by benefits – they get £430 a week.
Her husband did have a long-term job, but he’s been unemployed for two years: “My country, I no had a job, no food, nothing. No going back, never. I like here England. England give me house, give me doctor, give school, benefit, England good. Thank you so much England, thank you very much,”
Most of their grown up children also rely on the welfare state.
Viorel Dinu is possibly one of the most remarkable gypsies who’s come to live in Britain. The 25 year old lost both legs in an accident when he was seven years old. Now, he gets around on a skateboard. In Romania, he had to beg to get by. In Nottingham, he’s enjoying a much better life, thanks to British benefits of £750 a month.
[pull_quote_center]I come to the UK cos I don’t have a nice life there. In Romania it’s very hard with the money and everything. The money that I have is not exactly what I need, but what can I do, I must say thank you for this one. “In England is more better life because here they don’t look on you if you black or not, they don’t think if your gypsy or not. Every door is open here, this is the most easy[/pull_quote_center]
Viorel is learning to read and write English, he wants to continue his career in movies, and he gets around on a skateboard. [pull_quote_center]Because I have so many years on this skateboard, I learn myself. This is my legs for now. I call it my little car[/pull_quote_center]