Romanian Business Leaders: 80,000 Romanians leave country annually to work abroad, equivalent to 24 communes' population

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Approximately 80,000 Romanian nationals leave the country annually to work abroad, the equivalent of 24 communes' population, most of them being from the rural environment, on Thursday said the representatives of Romanian Business Leaders (RBL), at the "Romania, a better place for entrepreneurs" reunion.

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"In order to solve the matter of rural Romanians' exodus we should solve the problems of the Romanian village. Agriculture is the most important activity field in the rural area, and yet in this sector a lot of problems were only solved after we were admitted to the European Union, in 2007. We need to train specialists to work in agriculture. We have the financial resources for this. Should things will go well also from the legislative point of view, then we'll have in agriculture the development we all wish for. The more developed agriculture will be, the fewer Romanians will leave their households to work abroad," on Thursday said Daniel Constantin, former Agriculture Minister, at the RBL reunion.

According to the RBL data, currently we count for 2.5 million Romanian migrants already working abroad.
"If we consider that the average number of employees in Romania is of 5 millions, it means we have a 2 to 1 ratio between the domestic workforce in Romania and the one working abroad and contributes to the GDP of those countries. The central bank (BNR) has recently finalized an analysis that studied the impact in Romania's GDP of the 2.5 million migrants if they worked in the country, in their specialty. The plus to the GDP of Romania would have been of 50 billion lei," the RBL representatives say.

Of the ones who take off, 80pct are from the rural areas. We currently count for 2.7 million households which have had 5 million hectares, meaning 34pct of the total farmland of Romania. Unfortunately, these areas are pretty spread.

The bigger problem is that Romania's land has no cadaster and no immediate perspective to complete it soon, pointed out Daniel Constantin.AGERPRES(RO — author: Carmen Marinescu, editor: Oana Tilica; EN — author: Maria Voican, editor: Razvan-Adrian Pandea)

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