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Number of non-EU foreign nationals working in Romania, dropping

The number of third country or non-EU foreign nationals working in Romania is dropping, according to a study released yesterday by the trade union confederation National Union Bloc (BNS). The study showed that most of foreign nationals seeking work in Romania are Chinese, Filipinos or Moldovans and among the most popular jobs they find are nannies, masons or carpenters.

The study, called “Foreigners in Romania,” shows that in the first four months of the year, there were 834 non-EU foreign nationals to receive work authorization in the country. Last year, a total of 2,970 such authorizations were released, a significantly lower number than in 2009, when 4,278 foreign citizens were authorized to seek employment in Romania.

Of the 834 foreign nationals authorized between January and April, 167 are from China, 132 are from Turkey, 112 – from the Philippines, 65 from Moldova and 51 from Sri Lanka.

At the end of last year, a total of 59,559 non-EU nationals were registered in Romania, accounting for about 0.3 per cent of the population. Only 10-12 per cent of them came here to seek employment (about 7,000) and the rest were married to Romanian citizens.

The study “Foreigners in Romania” was done by the BNS as part of a European project, costing over RON 1.8 M.

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