Presa britanică scrie astăzi despre cei 20 de români care locuiesc sub un pod lângă Londra

Mai multi imigranti romani care si-au construit o tabara, denumita “Fortareata”, sub un pod rutier din Marea Britanie, risca sa fie evacuati de autoritati, intrucat zona este foarte periculoasa, conform presei engleze. 

Locuitorii pot ajunge in tabara doar cu ajutorul unei scari de lemn, printre cele doua benzi de circulatie ale podului rutier, care face parte din soseaua North Circular ce ocoleste Londra. Accesul in tabara este blocat de un rau, relateaza publicatia London Evening Standard in editia electronica.

In “Fortareata” locuiesc pana la 20 de imigranti care s-ar fi stabilit acolo la inceputul acestui an, dupa ce au fost evacuati din alta zona.

Un locuitor a declarat ca oamenii de acolo pot dormi doar 3-4 ore, din cauza zgomotului facut de autovehicule. “Daca vrem sa mergem sa locuim in paduri ne vor alunga si de acolo“, a declarat el pentru BBC. “Acesta este singurul loc in care putem locui“, a adaugat el. “Problema este ca daca vrem sa inchiriem o locuinta, trebuie sa platim circa 50 de lire sterline (aproximativ 70 de euro) pe saptamana, dar nu intotdeauna gasim de lucru si nu putem plati chiria“, a declarat un alt imigrant.

Organizatia caritabila pentru persoane fara adapost Thames Reach coopereaza cu Consiliul din Enfield si cu Ministerul britanic de Interne pentru a-i muta pe imigranti. “Sunt cel putin 12 persoane acolo, dar ar putea fi pana la 20. Sunt romani care dorm in conditii grele si probabil muncesc la negru“, a declarat un purtator de cuvant al organizatiei.

Zona este foarte periculoasa si cooperam cu autoritatile locale si cu Ministerul de Interne, astfel ca probabil vom evacua locul“, a adaugat el.

Angajatii Thames Reach pot oferi sprijin, dar exista limite (…). In mod normal, ii putem ajuta sa se intoarca acasa, dar realitatea este ca acesti oameni nu vor sa revina acasa“, a precizat purtatorul de cuvant.

Articolul integral din London Evening Standard mai jos:

A group of Romanian migrants who have set up a “fortress” camp underneath a flyover on the North Circular are facing eviction.

The camp is accessible only by a handmade wooden step ladder in between two carriageways on the road and is also blocked off by a river.

It is home to up to 20 migrants who are believed to have arrived at the site earlier this year after being moved on from another site.

One man living at the camp said people there can only sleep for around three to four hours thanks to the noise from the road in north-east London.

“If we want to go and live in the woods they’ll chase us away from that place,” he told the BBC.

“This is the only place we can live in.”

Another said: “The problem is if we wanted to get a proper rented place, we’d pay around £50 a week but you can’t find a job all the time and you get stressed that you can’t pay the rent.”

The homelessness charity Thames Reach revealed it is now working with Enfield Council and the Home Office to remove the migrants.

A spokesman said: “There are at least 12 different people there but it may well hold up to 20. They are Romanians who are sleeping rough and are probably reliant on illegal labour.

“The site’s very dangerous and we’re working with the local authority and the Home Office, so I imagine we will clear the site.”

He said around one third of London’s rough sleepers now come from eastern Europe – and warned that more need to be prepared to avoid camps like the “fortress” under the north circular.

“Thames Reach workers can offer support, but there’s a limit to what we can offer,” he said.

“Normally we can help them return home, but the reality is these guys don’t want to return home.

“If people want to come here they need to be more prepared and get a National Insurance number so they can find legal work. The vast majority of Romanians do just that, but these guys are trapped in terrible conditions.

“Those guys are in terrible conditions and are being badly exploited as well, but it’s pretty unlikely we can get them legal work, so we would encourage them to return home.”

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