About 2.4 million Romanians intend to leave the country, a figure equal to that of the Romanians who left the homeland over the past decade, half of them being in the 18-34 age group, according to an opinion poll ordered by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and made public on Thursday.
The survey ‘Youth and their Concerns’ was conducted by the Company for Sociological Research and Branding May 6-10 on a sample of 2004 subjects from the 18-34 age group. The outcome of the survey confirms that 16 per cent of Romania’s adult population intend to leave the country, 4 per cent of whom being quite resolute to do so. ‘They account for nearly 2.4 millions of Romanians with emigration potential – a number equal to the approximately 2.4 M of our nationals who have left Romania during the past ten years, since the latest census (2002), the survey shows. Nearly half of those 2.4 M Romanians who would rather live abroad belong are between 18 and 34 years old. Roughly 600,000 of the 2.4 M Romanians who expressed their wish to live somewhere else are quite resolute to act towards that goal, and 250,000 of them are aged 18-34. The survey’s originators say that youth more than other age groups are more tempted to leave the country and settle abroad. Over one-third (37 per cent) see their leaving for good as a distinct possibility. Eight per cent of the youth answered ‘definitely yes’, while only 7 per cent of people from the other age groups are set to do it. The UK (21 per cent), Spain (16 per cent) and Italy (11 per cent) are the most popular destinations sought by the Romanian youth willing to leave their homeland.