The many millions of unemployed people from the EU and beyond cannot all find work and somewhere to live in Jersey but this is the personal "testimony" from just one recent arrival.
This is the human face of the desperate problem that now confronts us.
Adriana is from Romania and seeks work as a carer or domestic. She has previously worked in Germany, Greece and Spain and speaks Spanish, English and of course Romanian.
After two weeks, with funds running low she now realises that it will be very difficult to become established in this Island but why should we try to devise policies (such as the £75 registration fee) to make it even more difficult for her?
Are we a Christian society or not? Do we want to comply with non-discrimination stndards?
Similar tales are being recited all over Europe as millions of people migrate from one country to another but the nationalist calls to protect "local interests first" are also being voiced. What is wrong with that?
Potentially worse still is the allied trend towards far-right extremist sentinments.
The reliance upon the use of Housing Law controls as a means of retricting immigration into Jersey has proved totally useless and counter-productive. The population has risen from 60,000 to 100,000 since 1960 yet the housing shortage is worse now then it was in 1949. Discrimination has become an integral part of the Jersey "way of life."
Unemployment in Jersey is at a low level (at most 4,000 from a working poulation of 50,000) but is higher than is usual in this affluent Island which does not pay "unemployment benefit".
Compared with such countries as Spain - where unemployment is in excess of 25% - Jersey has a very low unempoloyment level.
Reliable figures for Romania are not available since so many people have left that country seeking work elsewhere that the statistics are grossly distorted.
Adriana's predicament is just another facet of the many social problems that confronts Jersey today and will be discussed at SSTAG meetings over the coming weeks and months.
The next SSTAG public meeting is on Thursday 14 June from 3 pm at the Eastern Good Companions Club, le Marais, St Clement ALL ARE WELCOME.
refer to the SSTAG blogsite on sstagjsy.blogspot.com for more information and contacts.