It is like walking down the road and seeing a sack full of cash that has been dropped, picking it up and no one saying anything.‘I was put into prison or arrested by the police in Norway, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, France, Austria and Germany before I arrived here.My German is quite good because they jailed me there for six months, and the Austrian prison was very tough.’‘But I don’t do bad things anymore because I am not poor and live on your benefits,’ he told me.Rudi is speaking from his rented three-bedroom terrace house in Bridlington Street, a shabby part of the Midlands city where he’s settled with his wife Anda and their two sons, nine-year-old Ionut and Constantin, six.Unemployed Roma immigrant Rudi Ion, currently living it up with his family in Bridlington Street, Nottingham, says he loves Britain and the Queen because of the benefits and free education and medical care.This week, the EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Laszlo Andor, attacked the so-called xenophobia of British politicians over the issue of migrants coming to Britain and claiming welfare.
Rudi is an ebullient 28-year-old who speaks English well.
He doesn’t seem surprised when I tell him that a recent controversial report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that more than 25 per cent of children born in England and Wales in 2011 were to foreign mothers — up 16 per cent on the decade before.
‘I arrived in the UK on January 7 three years ago, and went to the Nottingham job centre to get a National Insurance number a few weeks after.
‘I have never been told to look for work by the job centre.
Rudi is pictured the front room of his home with his family.
Pictured (Left to right) are Marian, Rudi, Aurica, Antonio, Veronika, Darius, Ana, Andrea, Elena, and Justin.