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Thousands of youngsters have left Romania for good

More than 10,000 young people, aged 15 to 34 years, left Romania for good in 2018, a recent study by the Initiative for Competitiveness (INACO) reveals. The data INACO gathered refers specifically to those people who have permanently resettled abroad; the organization did not include in the survey any youngsters who have moved temporarily to another country to work or study, Agerpres news agency reports.

Most of those emigrating were from Bucharest, but many were also from Hargita (Harghita) and Kovászna (Covasna) Counties in Szeklerland.

In its analysis, INACO mentions a World Bank study as well, titled “Markets and People: Romania Country Economic Memorandum.” According to this document, a child born and raised in Romania reaches only 60 percent of their assumed production potential when he or she comes of age.

The production potential index is a little bit higher when referring to children born in Bucharest, 68 percent, and children born and raised in Kolozs (Cluj) County, 65 percent. The rate then falls, corresponding to the possibilities and amenities offered by counties, mostly in the areas of health, education, and life expectancy: Szatmár (Satu Mare), 53 percent, Călăraşi, 52 percent, Ialomiţa, 52 percent, Giurgiu, 51 percent.

Per the conclusions of the global competitiveness report, which assessed 137 countries, Romania ranks 132nd in terms of its capability to retain its talented human resources.

Title image: A World Bank study pointed out, it is not highly productive to be raised in Romania

Author: Éva Zay