“I want to make money here in Amsterdam so that I can take that in 6/ 7 years back to Romania to start something there. You see, life and salary is different there. Here, I make 2500/ 3000 a month, in Romania 350. There is a good life and future in Romania, but it doesn’t start there for me.”

– A young Romanian, who works almost everyday in the Grim Reaper suit on Dam Square. His voice was cracking while telling me about the circumstances in Romania and how life in Amsterdam offers hope and a perspective. “I work hard now but it doesn’t matter, because in the end it’ll pay off.”

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