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Left behind in Romania: 'Europe's orphans'

By: Sarah MORRIS | Adeline PERCEPT | Thomas CHANTEPIE
1 min

Since Romania joined the EU in 2007, an estimated 15% of the adult population has left the country to work in Western Europe. That situation has created a vacuum at home, leaving entire villages without any adults of working age. It's also created strains within the families themselves. Between 100,000 and 300,000 minors have been left behind, often to be raised by their grandparents. FRANCE 24's team on the ground reports.


A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Gaëlle Essoo.

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