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The title screams "poverty porn", but this is a show rich in compassion 

Vali Draghici, (centre, red t-shirt) 40, from Buzău, who was getting off at Frankfurt to work in steel welding and construction. He was one of many builders who befriended Alexandra 'Pamela' Benitez-Pozo, 32, who was going to Cologne where she works as a pole dancer and sex worker. She left her 4-year-old daughter Esthella back in Romania

UK immigration: Fewer than 30 Romanian arrivals since border restrictions lifted, says country's ambassador to Britain

Diplomat also says ten UK companies had been in touch with his embassy, wanting to employ Romanians

Self-proclaimed 'mother of the street', Dee Roberts, returns to Benefits Street tonight

Benefits Street: 5m tune in to watch episode two

The second episode of the controversial series attracted 1m more viewers

Channel 4's series claims to shed light on life on benefits for residents of the street, including Smoggy pictured here

Benefits Street, Channel 4 - TV review

No one's done much to help the residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, now forever rechristened Benefits Street, thanks to Channel 4's controversial new documentary series. Despite – or maybe because of – the Twitter death threats, accusations of betrayal and media uproar, which followed its first broadcast, Channel 4 has defied calls for the series to be pulled. Did it hope this second episode would change some minds?

A radical proposition would see junior doctors who commit to work in Wales would have their student debt wiped out

Plaid Cymru would wipe out junior doctors' student debt in order to solve Welsh medic shortage

With 26.4 doctors per 10,000 people, Wales has one of the lowest doctor per patient ratios in Europe

Cineworld to buy European cinema chain in £500m deal

Cineworld is set to acquire one of Europe's largest cinema operators in a blockbuster deal that will boost its estate to almost 2,000 screens.

Media coverage of ethnic minority Britons 'promotes racism'

Poll finds 78 per cent of respondents shared deep concerns about the impact of the media's portrayal of minorities

Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, provoked anger after expressing agreement with the 'basic principle' of some of the sentiments in Enoch Powell’s notorious 'rivers of blood' speech

Ukip leader Nigel Farage provokes anger after agreeing with 'basic principle' of Enoch Powell’s 'rivers of blood' speech

Farage refused to back down when he was told the remarks were made in 1968 speech which has haunted the politics of race ever since

David Cameron has insisted the plans to charge migrants are enforceable

David Cameron defends plans to charge migrants to use NHS accident and emergency services

Prime Minster will press ahead with more stringent rules for foreign visitors

Your guide to immigration rhetoric

Checked behind your sofa recently? Don’t - there will probably be a Romanian hiding there.

Inside television: Why the battle is not just for ratings

This year marks 100 years since the start of a four-year war which claimed 16 million lives around the world. In October, the BBC laid claim to this anniversary announcing an ambitious slate of over 2,500 hours of First World War programming. Clearly, Adrian Van Klaveren needn't worry whether he's commissioned enough programmes, but if anything keeps the BBC's Controller of the World War One Centenary up at night over the next four years, it will be the tone of these documentaries and dramas.

Two Bulgarians in London yesterday, the day restrictions were lifted allowing their countrymen to live and work in Britain

All quiet at the coach station as fears of invasion from Eastern Europe come to nothing

Fears that a torrent of Romanians and Bulgarians would take advantage of new rules freeing them to live and work in the UK prove unfounded

Romanians landing at Luton Airport were surprised to be greeted by Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz. However, many Britons have been heading out in the opposite direction.

As EU work restrictions are lifted for Romanian and Bulgarian migrants, the influx has begun... of Britons heading for Bucharest

Many Romanians were put off moving to the UK because of its increasingly racist rhetoric

MP's call for calm over mass immigration as Bulgarians and Romanians arrive in the UK

Bulgarian and Romanian citizens will now be free to live and work in Britain

Ethnic Roma prepare to board a bus destined for cities in Germany earlier this month

Mass immigration 'unlikely' as millions of Romanians and Bulgarians find work elsewhere

Plenty of people from the former Communist countries have found work in countries other than Britain, EU commissioner insists

A Romanian woman beggar waits in the front of a shop near Piata Sudului market place in Bucharest.

Romania says there won't be an immigrant 'invasion' as EU restrictions are lifted

No countries have accurate estimates on the number of migrants that will arrive in the UK, said a spokeswoman from the Romanian ministry

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