The universe of the East-European workers who left their country looking for the Western wellbeing immediately after 1990 it is more picturesque and harder than the current migrant’s life. Before joining the European Union, the economical migration from the post communism East to the democratic West involved illegal border crossings, undeclared work, camps and forced repatriation, as Western countries tightened anti-immigration legislation after the fall of the Berlin Wall to stop the predictable invasion of the East. Until 2007, economic migration was risky: legal and financial (illegal worker status favoured fraud such as non-payment of work performed). The jobs available to the East were generally the “bottom” ones, physical, raw, poorly paid. The other jobs were reserved for the locals.
Many migrant workers think that abroad you forget about your decency, others talk about living in captivity, others were living in camps. In this first wave of migration, human dignity was dramatically vulnerable.
Meanwhile, the pandemic led to the return of many Romanian workers from abroad and, against the background of rising unemployment, it seemed that it would reduce labour mobility. It’s just that in the midst of the crisis, Western European countries have demanded a derogation from the rules of social isolation for Eastern European agricultural workers, so Romania has allowed asparagus pickers to go to Germany or fruit and vegetable pickers to go to UK.
Although they have regained their work dignity after joining the EU, Romanian workers in the precarious area are vulnerable at European level. In the absence of jobs in the country to ensure a decent living for them, the West remains attractive, even at the risk of losing their health. The world will change after the pandemic, but the relationship between rich and poor remains in the same paradigm.
I am also a migrant worker. My journey began in 2016 when I decided to step into a new adventure and follow my heart, which is now my beloved husband. He is also a Romanian migrant worker. In these 5 years since I moved to London, I experienced many ups and downs, I had great jobs, I fulfilled my dream of studying theatre at university, I felt alienated, I still have the impostor syndrome (link with ted talk) and I still feel caught in two different worlds. Even if my story is happy, maybe even as a fairy-tale, I cannot deny my inner struggles which come with living and working in a different country.
Topic: Illustrated essay for a 10 minute film about Romanian migrant workersSo, it was easy to come up with the idea of a project made only with and about migrant workers.
Thinking about the structure of the project, I initially thought of interviewing migrant workers from different countries. But the more I thought about it, I realised that the communication will be made in English and because speaking in a different language that is not your own might lead to an incomplete interpretation, I decided to interview only Romanian migrant workers. The other main reason of working with only Romanian migrant workers was because using an unknown language in an art production, might enrich the audience’s experience.
(Speaking in Tongues: Languages at Play in the Theatre – Marvin Carlson – Google Cărți
Need to search a link about language used in theatre/drama projects ) thinking about the power of language, the hegemony of language (please find a theory about the power of language, of a culture, the hegemony of a language)
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