Less and less Romanians in Diaspora want to return home

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47% of the Romanians who emigrated abroad want to come back home, 10 percent less compared to 2017, according to a survey conducted by RePatriot. The most common reasons that would make Romanian return home are the family, friends or social life. The study, released today, surveyed 1,810 Romanians living in several EU countries, in USA and Canada.

Besides their family and friends, Romanians would also like to return home to invest in Romania, according to Adela Jensen, the coordinator of the Coalition for Romania’s Development.

Most of the Romanians, 73%, answered they would like to return to Romania “just for being back home again”.

46% would like to come back to be next to the beloved ones, while 29% of them want to return “to do something to help Romania”.

At the bottom of the ranking are the reasons related to the improvement of the standard of living in Romania (5%) and to the opportunities on the local labour market (5%).

The study authors also asked respondents why they would not return to Romania. They mentioned such reasons as corruption, the current political life, the mentality, the quality of life and the lack of opportunities in Romania.

46% of Romanians would like to come back to invest in Romania, but it is a declining percentage as against the previous years. 29% are pessimistic that something will improve in Romania, a growing percentage compared to 2017 (26%).

The study reports a constant trend of Romanians from Diaspora to send money to their relatives in Romania, around 70%, compared to 80% in the past.

The Coalition for Romania’s Development also warns over the “alarming officials statistics”, pointing that 21.4% of Romania’s active population is left abroad, almost five times higher than the EU average.

Adela Jensen also mentioned the latest OECD report that acknowledged that the Romanian diaspora is the fifth largest in the world and is growing and that more than one quarter of the Romanian immigrants in the OECD countries worked as non-qualified workers in 2015/2016 and half of those with higher education were overqualified for their actual jobs abroad.

At the same time, there is an upward trend of the number of students who leave to study in universities abroad: 800 in 2007 versus 37,000 in 2018.

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