So is it really true that a lot of Romanian immigrants are criminals? I thought that was just made up by our media, they really like to paint their own country black.
As they say "rattlesnakes are harmless unless they bite". It's definitively possible to live an entire lifetime in both places without suffering even as much as a bleeding nose or a black eye just through dumb luck, but the chances of being a victim of an armed burglary or robbery have increased by three and four-digit percentages since the beginning of the crisis. Of course, they were small percentages to begin with, but where do you place the bar for acknowledging that there's a problem? 1/1000000? 1/50000? 1/1000? 1/100? (well... if 1/100 of daily activities was a violent crime, that would be a really bad situation. Even during wartime most activities involve doing something else than pulling a trigger on someone).
Even in shitholes like Brazil's favelas you could say that violent crime is a negligible percentage of the total of daily activities (including non-violent crime), but if you compare it to e.g. Luxembourgh's or Switzerland it will appear thousands of times larger.
In any case, tables such as this:
help getting some insight. Greece has deteriorated to the level of Russia, Iran and the Philippines as far as crime & safety is concerned. It's ironical that countries like Romania and Albania, have a very low domestic crime rate, while it's a sad statistical fact that many of the alien criminals are indeed, citizens of those countries. This merely means that they managed to export their criminality elsewhere, not that they suddenly became Switzerlands.
Romania is not such a bad place (especially compared to other countries) but like in a lot of countries, there are great differences between people.
On one hand we have the middle, upper-middle class districts where normal and generally OK people live but on the other hand we have the outskirts and industrial districts which are PLAGUED by undesirables and gypsies (the worst troublemakers in our country).
The difference can also be seen in high-schools. My mother is a high-school teacher in one of the worst parts of town, I myself have been a student of hers for one semester before transferring and let me tell you, it really is the law of the jungle there. Her old class (the one I was in too) was not so bad but it seems that the people they get each generation get worse and worse. Right now, she is the headmaster of 30 students. 20 of which are gypsies and only 10 are romanians (but they're not much better either). Last week she was almost HIT when she tried to stop two students from beating each other, teachers are literally becoming afraid of their own students!
Now the high-school I transferred to was quite a different story. It was clean, more modern and of course much more civilized.
The immigrants Maes is talking about are likely comprised of the undesirables I was talking about. In our country there is this mentality among our people (mostly among the uneducated leeches) that other countries have salaries so high that everyone has a BMW. While it is true that the average salary here is much lower than in other countries (a teacher gets 300 euros per month) most people don't live THAT badly. It takes only 10 minutes of internet surfing to see that things are not quite like that. So yeah the people Maes is talking about are the uneducated leeches of our country who think that they will get rich fast if they go abroad.
The cynical part of me even tells me that this mentality was instilled by the media as a tactic to get rid of the leeches. The bad side of getting rid of them is that they give honest people a very bad name (especially in Italy)
I would continue this post by saying VERY bad things about gypsies but I don't want to risk getting banned... I kinda see why they are so barbarous though, they have been our slaves for about 400 years until 1859 (although many people don't know this) so it may very well be our fault as well.
As far as I know, guns are illegal here and THANK GOD FOR THAT, I know there are some very bad people who would use them for things other than self-defense.