For Yonn Lazer, 36, from the tiny village of Argetoaia in southern Romania, life for him, his wife Maria and their three children hasn’t always been easy.
But the family’s life has taken a turn for the better after Mr Lazer moved to London – allowing him to put a grand plan to rake in £40,000 in British benefits into action.
Six months after arriving in the capital, Mr Lazer is sending home £800 each week – and says ‘England’ has ‘given me everything’.
‘She’s give me home free. She’s give me money free. She’s give me everything.’
The UK has become an increasingly popular destination for European Roma gypsies, with a staggering 200,000 arriving in the last decade alone.
‘England is one country with much money,’ [Lazer] says. ‘I need maybe £40,000 for my family and I think this money I can make in one year, maybe two.
‘I want to make one good house with three rooms, one bathroom, a fridge, plasma TV… My family is very important and I love my family. For them, I do everything.’
If he doesn’t manage to rake in enough cash, his plans will take a criminal turn. ‘If I don’t have food, I’ll go and steal,’ he admits. ‘The pocket, the paper and sometimes in the house if there is nobody, take, yeah.’
Also in London is Mr Lazer’s 15-year-old daughter Alina, recently married and pregnant with her first child.
‘My daughter is coming here together with her husband and she’s going to stay here because is good country,’ says Mr Lazer happily.
Is he at all embarrassed about the amount he’s being handed? The answer is no. ‘Some people think it’s bad if you have benefit or something but I think it’s not,’ he says.
‘I think it’s very good. It’s good for me and my family. I don’t have any interest in what they think, other people. It’s my life, my family and I think I am lucky, yeah!’
In the wonderful whacky world of liberalism, the Lazers of the world are deserving refugees, just trying to help their families. The taxpayers who involuntarily pay for this largess and worry about their own families are greedy, selfish people who must be forcibly separated from their money. Hmm.