Minister Andreea Pastarnac: Over 50 percent of Romanians working abroad dream of coming back

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Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastarnac stated on Thursday in Suceava that more than half of the Romanians working abroad are considering the possibility of returning to the country and that is why the social and labour market reinsertion policy is important.

"More than half of our citizens are seriously thinking of coming back home," Pastarnac said, stressing that their social and labour market reinsertion represents an important chapter of the campaign titled "Information at home! Safety in the World!', launched and developed in partnership with the Interior Ministry (MAI), the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Justice (MMJS).

Andreea Pastarnac showed that the mixed team consisting of representatives of the three ministries is looking for solutions to the problems faced by Romanians abroad, especially with regard to human trafficking and illegal work.

"We are a team that every day tries to find solutions to the problems Romanian citizens living abroad face, especially those related to illegal labour and trafficking in human beings and labour force," said Pastarnac, adding that campaigns and actions are already being carried out attempting to support Romanian citizens abroad, especially from the EU.

At the same time, the Minister underscored the importance of information activities in the proximity of this campaign's target groups.

"One of the major conclusions of these actions was the need to start information and prevention campaigns as close as possible to citizens who choose to go, for a shorter or longer period, to work in the EU," the minister said.

According to Pastarnac, at present, our country has three large Romanian communities abroad, namely Italy — 1.3 million people, Spain — 1.17 million, and in the UK, without putting forth a figure, some hundreds of thousands being however estimated, who are ''in a fluctuating labour market'' and usually it is these people who get into "risky situations'', as they often resort to middlemen who do not always observe the legislation in force. AGERPRES (RO — author: Silvia Marcu, editor: Irina Poenaru; EN — author: Simona Iacob, editor: Razvan-Adrian Pandea)

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