Oana Romocea
Oana Romocea is the Communications Manager at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. She is also studying towards a PhD in migration studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Entries by Oana Romocea

Why Is Racism the Biggest Debate in the European Elections?

(11) Comments | Posted 23 May 2014 | (00:00)

The title of a work of art by Tracy Emin which I saw at the Tate the other week got my attention: Hate and Power can be a terrible thing.

This evocative title sums up the current debate in the electoral campaign for European elections in the UK. Candidates are...

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Measuring Immigration Debate with the Hourglass

(4) Comments | Posted 19 December 2013 | (13:50)

2013-12-19-UK_EUflags.jpg As the end of the year approaches, the big question on every editor's desk (e.g. BBC Panorama, ITV News, Five News, and every single national newsletter) and in every politician's mind is: 'Will the Romanians...

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The Paradoxes of the Rosia Montana Mining Project

(146) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (23:00)

Since the beginning of September a day hasn't gone by without me reading an article either for or against the Rosia Montana mining project. I am not an expert in mining so I have tried to understand both sides of the argument (although I did talk to a...

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The Resolute Revolution of an Emigrant Nation

(15) Comments | Posted 15 October 2013 | (00:43)

Not many people have noticed that there has been a lot of public commotion in one corner of Europe. For well over a month, Romania has been boiling with protests, marches and demonstrations. Tens of thousands of Romanians have taken to the streets almost every day since the beginning of...

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Who is Roşia Montană? - or the Dawn of A New Generation

(2) Comments | Posted 13 September 2013 | (15:41)

'Who is Roşia Montană?' a passer-by on Kensington High Street asked me last Sunday. He had seen the inscription both on my t-shirt and on the banners we were preparing for our demonstration: 'Save Roşia Montană'. Although she has her own captivating...

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There Is More to UK Immigration Than Just Romanians and Bulgarians

(89) Comments | Posted 21 August 2013 | (00:00)

The Office of National Statistics released the recent employment figures last week. The major media story has been on last year's 'sharp increase' in the number of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants who found work in the UK in 2012, which by year's end stood at almost 37,000.

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Immigration - The Game Changer of British Politics?

(618) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (00:00)

2013-05-11-WordCloud4b.jpgIt is baffling how immigration has changed the game in British politics these days. There are more fundamentally important issues facing British society, most notably a stalled economy that has the country on the edge of a triple-dip recession. Yet, the immigration threat,...

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The Semantics of Migration

(187) Comments | Posted 25 February 2013 | (23:00)

Today I started my day with an intense debate with a close friend about how negative attitudes towards migrants and minority groups are reflected in the every-day language we use in our conversations. I was arguing that stereotyping should not find its place in the public vocabulary. She insisted that...

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A Snapshot of Migrant Reality: What the Romanian Migrants Really Think

(111) Comments | Posted 6 February 2013 | (23:00)

For the past couple of weeks we have been spectators to an intense cross-border ping-pong exchange between Bucharest and London. This is based on the premise that a potential second tsunami of Eastern European migrants will flood the UK next year when transitional restrictions applied to Romania and Bulgaria are...

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