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28 February 2009

Romanian Communities in Spain

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How many Romanians live abroad? By how much has the number of Romanians from Italy and Spain increased after the accession to the European Union? What do you know about "the invasion of the Roma" originating from Romania in Geneva in 2008? How many children were left alone at home after their parents went to work abroad? How about the elderly, the parents of the people who have gone abroad to work, how are they doing? By how much will the Romanian population decrease due to migration? For whom do you think the Romanians abroad will vote in these elections? How many Romanians will come back given the crisis? What will they do? What is the situation of the construction sector and of the textile industry, as a result of the emigration? The list of such questions could continue. They are not invented, they simply represent a sample of the questions I have received in 2008, given the fact that I have a professional connection with the thematic of migration. They come, especially in terms of "how many", from Romanian and foreign journalists, from the media sector, essentially. In the administration or academic world, the most common questions about the current Romanian migration focus in particular on the consequences of the demographic phenomenon, on the mentality and entrepreneurial behavior, but also on mechanisms of the migration process - migrant networks, associations, migration culture etc.

A colleague from Germany, whom I have met at a debate on the topic of migration, told me that she noted, for Eastern Europe, an oscillation between money sent in the country, by migrants (remittances) and crime rates. Western media highlights, for example, that for two years, in 2007 and 2008, Romania has been in the top ten, worldwide, in terms of absolute volume of money coming into the country from immigrants (remittances). In other words, it emphasizes the scale of the phenomenon and its economic benefits. The other facet is the one associated with the Mailat situation that occurred in 2007 in Italy, or the alleged invasions of Romanians and Bulgarians after accession, the arson of camps and shops, for reasons associated with ethnicity and migration, etc. Where are - she justifiably wondered - the illegal employment of migrants, be they Romanian or not, the dramas of some immigrant women working as housekeepers in households that are sometimes quite close to the atmosphere of prisons, where are the migrant communities, their associations, etc. (…)
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Soros Foundation Romania
Geographic area
EU Wide
Contributor type
Non-Governmental Organisations/Civil Society
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Posted by
Andreea Craciun

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