The Price Of Migration Within The European Union

There is scant doubt, migration within the European Union from less developed areas of eastern Europe have helped in providing workers for booming economies as well as significantly raising the standard of living within poverty areas of the EU. A recent article in the Rumanian, Nine O’Clock newspaper, notes migration has resulted in money being directed back home, but it also has deprived the nation of skilled workers and may well result in damaging Rumania’s industrial development. An unforseen consequence of migration is that some families benefit significantly from their expatriate family member, but as some families gain economically, it widens the economic gap between people in many small villages.

The newspaper raises an important issue which, as of yet, has not been seriously studied — the impact of migration upon children since at least one of their parents is missing. Many children are left with grandparent because both parents have headed west for work. Nine O’Clock hypothesizes Rumania has a generation of children who might suffer from the psychological outcome of being abandoned by parents. As years pass, children feel more estranged from missing parents. Does this estrangement result in greater drug or alcohol use? Rumanian health and education authorities have not engaged in enough studies of the psychological dimensions of migration upon either children or parents.