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Bucharest to London: On the bus with the Romanians taking the 52-hour ride in search of a new life in Britain

Publié par Clifford Armion le 01/06/2014

Emily Dugan

In Bucharest, a new life in Western Europe begins at 4am in a draughty waiting room opposite McDonalds.
As four coaches line up under floodlights, crowds of families gather to send off their relatives on a long journey across the continent.
The names of European cities are barked out and luggage-laden people shuffle forward, tickets in hand. The busiest bus is going to Hamburg, closely followed by others to Paris and Zurich.
The departure of the first coach of the new year from the Romanian capital to London – a 52-hour journey – was expected to be the moment that a flood of migrants to Britain began to materialise. But only one person getting on at the start of Eurolines route 441 is going all the way to London. Most are off to Germany, Belgium and Holland – where work restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians have also been loosened, seven years after the countries joined the EU.
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"Bucharest to London: On the bus with the Romanians taking the 52-hour ride in search of a new life in Britain ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2014. Consulté le 30/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/bucharest-to-london-on-the-bus-with-the-romanians-taking-the-52-hour-ride-in-search-of-a-new-life-in-britain-