The number of people leaving or wanting to leave the country is still very high. Since the beginning of the year, almost two million applications have been received on online platforms that place workers abroad. The majority of these are in the age group between 25 and 35 years (approx. 855,000 applications). 450,000 applications have been submitted by the very young group of 18-24 years old who are just starting out on the foreign labour market. With 385,000 applications, the 36 to 45-year-olds are not far away from the youngest applicants. The 45-year-olds are largely well established on the Romanian labour market. With 225,000 applications from abroad, this age group accounts for the smallest share.

Germany, England, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain and Poland are particularly lucrative for Romanians. Over the last 10 years, Italy has developed into a leading position for applicants. The strongest areas of attraction are sales, banking, financial accounting and food management. There has been some decline in transport, tourism, hotel au pair staff, babysitters, cleaning and construction.

The vast majority emigrate with final plans for the future. Only a few want to return. Almost everyone is striving for better integration in the chosen country.