During the years of prosperity, countries like Great Britain and Ireland welcomed foreign workers to handle the dirty jobs economically advanced societies prefer not to engage in. However, the Irish inhabitants of Northern Ireland apparently are becoming angry at strangers who linger in their midst and can serve as a focal point for the frustrations arising from an economic recession. About a hundred Romanians were forced to flee from their homes and seek shelter in a Belfast church hall after a group of youths raising Nazi salutes thought it was amusing to pick on defenseless people. The Northern Ireland government condemned the attackers as “racist criminals” but they are simply reflecting anger that accompanies loss of jobs.
Many of the Romanians told authorities they may prefer going home in order to avoid being around such criminals. We can expect more such attacks in the future, not only in Northern Ireland, but in many European Union nations.