The Economic and Political Impact of Migration in Romania

Lecture | April 9 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Gabriel Badescu, Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, Babes-Bolyai University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

Eastern Europe has the largest population loss in modern history and emigration is one of the main reasons behind the decline. Romania suffered one of the most severe population declines, with a 10 per cent loss in the fifteen years to 2007- the year in which Romania joined the EU.
I will discuss Romania’s case in a comparative perspective and analyze the likely outcomes of migration on short and longer term. While emigration served as a safety valve in a time of poor employment opportunities and led to high levels of remittances, the long term implications are negative: smaller working-age population, loss of educated youth, and skills shortages. In addition to the social and economic effects of migration, I will examine its impact on political culture and institutions.