After Romania joined the European Union in 2007, 3 million Romanians travelled to Western Europe, walking right into a financial crisis. When those expat workers returned to their native land, they prospered.
Ion Preda is not much of a talker. At the building site where he works, every minute is accounted for. He and his fellow workers are under strict deadlines. “We have six months to finish a ten-storey building,” he says. “And we have to hurry because other projects await us. We are booked with contracts for two years solid and have had to turn down other offers.”
Seeking 300,000 workers
Since its accession to the EU, about 3 million Romanians went to
After suffering an economic stagnation during a chaotic political transition from communism to capitalism, the nation began to pull itself up by its bootstraps, when it applied for EU membership in 2000. By 2013,
The money sent to
The explosion of the housing market – the barometer of
For Romanian workers in
“The West is not the paradise we had hoped for,” Preda said. “Mark my words, many Romanians will return.” It remains to be seen whether they will return in sufficient numbers to fulfill the growing demand for workers.
Date created : 2008-10-23