Home Alone generation: Save the Children report reveals that over 16,000 children in south-east Romania have parents abroad

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There are over 16,000 cases of children left alone at home without parents, who have gone abroad seeking jobs, living in south-east Romania, shows a report released in Constanta on Friday by the Save the Children Romania organisation as part of a debate on protecting the children whose parents are going to work abroad – legal issues and good practices of intervention.

According to Save the Children Romania Executive Chair Gabriela Alexandrescu statistical data collected with support from social welfare and child protection general directorates indicate that the number of children with one or both parents working abroad is 16,714 in the south-east, of whom 3,708 children live in Constanta County, 6,218 – in Galati County, 3,238 children in Vrancea County, 2,061 in Buzau County, 1,188 children in Tulcea County, and 301 children in Braila County.

Director of the Constanta County Centre for Educational Resources and Assistance Irina Ermolaev, underscored that that it is necessary to appoint legal custodians to take care of the children whose parents go to work abroad.

The debate in Constanta was organised under the project “Protecting and educating children affected by their parents’ labour migration abroad, through day care centres”, implemented by Save the Children on funds from The Velux Foundations and with support from Romania’s National Authority for Children’s Rights Protection and Adoption, the Ministry of National Education, general directorates for social welfare and child protection, public social welfare services, county school inspectorates and schools.

Under the project, the children affected by the economic migration of their parents, their parents and their carers are extended educational, psychological and social support services through local programmes in the cities of Bucharest, Pitesti, Brasov, Craiova, Mangalia, Targoviste, Petrila, Lupeni, Resita, Iasi, Piatra Neamt, Sighisoara, Suceava, Negresti, Timisoara and Targu Mures.