Eastern Europe's Exodus
Eastern Europe's Exodus

 

Eastern Europe is dealing with an exodus. Many hard-working people find it difficult to live in the Eastern European systems and choose to leave. Some return and try to affect change in their countries by applying new skills acquired abroad. Many do not, however. Once they have built families abroad they are connected to their adoptive countries. They make a good living. For them, there is no coming back. Unfortunately, this is causing countries in Eastern Europe to be the fastest shrinking in the world, by some estimates. The loss of talent, workforce and brain power is immense and will leave these countries quite in a vulnerable state for the future. For when the best and brightest leave, a state can no longer keep up a good competition on an international level.

In Romania, for instance, most young people are leaving, disappointed in the lack of opportunities and merit recognition, corruption, and, low wages. It has been a struggle for the country to disengage from the traumas of its communist past and renounce its timeworn mentalities. The old ways of doing things are not yet extinguished and they are hurting the country and driving away its youth. The protests Romania has seen these past few years have also proved the public’s frustrations with its political class. Many of the youth that took part in the demonstrations claimed they were there because they did not want to leave, others held up banners which read: “you’re the reason I have to talk to my mother on Skype.” Forced into a world of unfamiliar traditions, with the memory of home ever present in their hearts, these exiled spirits work and toil, and, over the years, their longing grows. Perhaps they will again be able to return. Yet with each day, they know that to be more unlikely. They have traveled, weary of fighting an inefficient system, to a place where they can at least be left alone to earn their money. As for comforts of the spirit, they will have to wait, as home remains far away.

Unless there is change, through the concentrated labors of both the young and the older generations, unless there will be implication on the part of the citizens, it is unlikely that the situation will change.  Efforts are being made to change the current reality. Yet there need to be more endeavors to bring innovation and talent to the country instead of letting it pour out of the borders.  For, the more young people pack their bags, the lower the chances the region, in its current form, will survive, let alone thrive.

 

Georgiana Constantin

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