I did the reporting from Bucharest for this article which appears today in The New York Times.
Hundreds of Chinese immigrants are currently stuck in Romania after their work contracts with construction firms here were suddenly terminated after only two months. About three hundred of them are camped out in makeshift tents in front of the Chinese Embassy hoping to get some kind of help. Apparently, they paid middlemen large sums of money to secure the contracts only to be literally left out in the cold. By day, hundreds more are joining them to stage a protest as they all lack the money to buy tickets home. The economic crisis hit Romania just as the immigrants arrived in November.