Less than two million Romanians are working abroad now, they are aged between 15 and 64 years, the National Prognosis Commission (CNP) said.
Some 250,000 of them have official work contracts on less than a year, and 700,000-750,000 are working for longer periods, without official contracts, said CNP head Ion Ghizdeanu, at a national debate on migration, on May 12.
An analysis of the sums of money sent from abroad shows that 700,000 – 800,000 Romanians come in and out of Romania, working for short periods abroad, Ghizdeanu also said.
He added that after Romania joined the EU, the number of people leaving Romania to work abroad was lower than before, emigration is expected to slow down by 2013, when there will nevertheless be a work deficit in the country of 400,000 people.
The slow down in emigration will be the result of the economic growth in Romania, with incomes in Romania getting close to those abroad, but also of the concern of European states for exporting some economic activities, services, in particular.