More than 60 percent of Moldovans abroad would consider returning home if there was a strong government and the rule of law in Moldova. This is the conclusion reached by the most recent study at the International Organization for Migration – IOM (a United Nations agency) and the Migration Organization (IOM) which analyzes the conditions that would motivate immigrants to return home. Last week, the Diaspora Relations Office of the State Chancellery announced that it was working on a national program to stimulate the return of many economic immigrants and facilitate their reintegration into the local economic circuit. The conclusions of the UN study are summarized in Diana Răileanu’s account.
The authors of the research spoke with several hundred Moldovans settled abroad. Every sixth said they would like to return home if they had real employment or investigation opportunities. What salary would a Moldovan who has worked and lived abroad for the last few years want? Between 1,200 and 2,000 euros. But many do not necessarily want to return home to work. It would be convenient for them to be able to invest the agonized money working abroad.
The research shows that every fourth respondent would open businesses in the field of tourism and education. economist Dumitru Vicol, a banking investment analyst based in London, observed in a recent interview for Radio Free Europe, that a large part of Moldovan immigrants live with without being in a day will immediately return home:
“You have to understand, even if you have been away for a long time, you remain a foreigner among foreigners anyway, even if you have a well-paid job, you are well integrated, you remain a foreigner anyway. Maybe only our children born there will be more integrated, but we don’t want to generalize, but I think I will always consider myself a foreigner there, even if I am or will be a British citizen. Anyway, my homeland and here, only that any return must think well, so that you have no regrets. ”
What would stop Moldovans in the diaspora, however, from seriously considering returning home? Most of those interviewed in the UN study cited corruption and a lack of fair justice, too many may have well-paid jobs and poverty. Violation of rights is also an area that would keep Moldovans away from home. However, 56 percent of Moldovan immigrants consider that people living in poverty are the most marginalized and discriminated against, being followed by people with special needs and the elderly.
Serafima Soloviov has been established in Moscow for over 20 years. She works abroad to support her daughters and grandchildren living in Chisinau. He says that he may want to return to the Republic of Moldova, but so far the changes at home have been too unconvincing:
“I have long cared for the country, but I am afraid to return home. Why didn’t I return to the country? Because of the fear of poverty. Factories should be opened, factories that brought income to the state, but not to any man in his pocket. Let’s open jobs, like in times when people don’t need to go abroad. That’s the main thing. All the lands are in ruins. The country needs to be rebuilt. It must be taken from scratch. “
Authorities in Chisinau announced last week that they may propose a long-term strategy that would encourage immigrants to return home. The first results should be visible by 2025, ie at least 25% of the citizens abroad to express their intention to return and at least 50% of those who return to be successfully reintegrated, so they must not leave again in abroad.