Xenophobic Britain: Voices from Romania and Bulgaria
Xenophobic Britain: Voices from Romania and Bulgaria was a joint project by myself and freelance photographer Sid Ali in response to the growing xenophobia towards Eastern Europeans following the lifting of EU working restrictions.
Over a six month period, we spoke to dozens of Romanians and Bulgarians about their experiences of working and living in Britain. Some were happy to be photographed and interviewed, some didn’t. Some had come over as a direct result of the lifted working restrictions, some had been in the UK for years. We wanted to portray them in a way which had so rarely been portrayed by the media: as honest, hard-working people who just wanted to earn a living and a better way of life.
Our website, created by Paul Makoff-Clark features the participants who were happy to be photographed and interviewed. An article about our project and a selection of the participants was published in The Intelligent Review (below).