While hundreds of Romanian caregivers go to Austria to care for the elderly, our grandparents are cared for by Nepalese. The nursing home in Calarasi employs 23 carers from Nepal.

Some of them came in July 2019, others at the beginning of this year. The coronavirus crisis has hit them in the country. They came on a double salary. And as they have their meals and accommodation provided, they manage to put money aside.

We are in Nuci, Calarasi County, 30 kilometers from Bucharest. 150 grandparents live in the old people’s home here.

Mariana Melinger, Elderly Center owner: Many of them don’t even know what coronavirus means, what pandemic means. They still watch TV, but they are practically unaffected. Same life as they had two months ago.

After the virus reached Romania, the center closed. Visits were banned. So are the employees’ outings. It wasn’t hard, because most carers are Nepalese.

Mariana Melinger, owner of the Center for the Elderly: Employees who only left home after two months. When they returned, they were quarantined and tested. Until the result, they were imprisoned. We are in no danger.

Babu is one of the 23 Nepalese who came to work at Nuci. The standard of living in his native country forced him to emigrate.

Khatri Babu, Nepalese caretaker: You can find work in Nepal, but the salary is quite low. You can’t save. It’s different here. We send 50 percent to the family, we save 50 percent. I’ve been here for 15 months. At first it was difficult, because it was something new and I had problems understanding the Romanian language.

He has worked in nine countries, but here he feels best.

Khatri Babu, Nepali caretaker: Speaks Romanian, then English. After eating, we do sports. At 11 o’clock at the snack, after the bath, we take a bath. At 15:00 again at the table. Then we give them something to do, to keep them busy. At 17:00 we give them a snack, at 19:00 dinner. And then we take them to the room, dress them in pajamas.

Dada also left her family in Nepal for a double salary.

I ask Dada Sing, a Nepali caretaker: Of course I miss my family. Our contract is for two years. I have a family, a little girl.

Mariana Melinger, owner of the Center for the Elderly: I started with four, six, eight, after 16. I kept multiplying them because I saw that they were fine. The labor market has thawed, so Romanian employers are looking for foreign workers again.

Anne Marie Stavri, recruitment specialist: Asian workers are much more conscientious. We are talking about cheaper labor. Asian workers come for $ 400, $ 500, $ 600. They are willing to work overtime.

30,000 foreign workers would come to Romania this year.

Source: https://observatornews.ro/social/batrani-calarasi-ingrijiti-nepalezi-363235.html


Jordan River WorldWide Recruitment company was present at the Henri Coanda airport in Bucharest when a group of 40 workers from India arrived to work on a construction site in Brasov. About this project, the recruiting agent Anne Marie Stavri revealed information for ProTV and other TVs present at the airport!

See details: https://stirileprotv.ro/stiri/actualitate/mii-de-asiatici-si-africani-la-munca-in-romania-unde-lucreaza-lama-din-nepal.html

See details: https://observator.tv/social/zgarie-nori-ridicati-brasov-muncitori-indieni-292675.html


On holidays, Sanghe visits Bucharest. She doesn’t shop because she sends home almost all the money she earns.

Sanghe has two friends who work at a restaurant in a mall. Maesh is 33 years old, married and has two children. He has already learned a few words in Romanian.

“I like sarmale. We make burgers. We have salad, cucumbers, tomatoes. I make bread, ”he says.

His brother is free and received us in the room where we both live in Romania.

“This is my bed, this is my brother’s bed. Here is the kitchen ”, describes our home.

Three other Nepalese arrived in Romania for two days. They will cook for a chain of supermarkets in Bucharest.

“Before I came here I got married. I have family in Nepal. Wife, sister, parents, grandparents. They all live in the same house, ”says the man.

“It’s better than I expected. She is my wife. We came here together, “says another Nepali.

These people earn in Nepal around $ 200 per month. In Romania, their salary is 3-4 times higher. The state obliges employers to offer the average wage on the economy to unskilled workers. Employers are willing to give them, in some cases, higher salaries than Romanians, because in the last two years it has been difficult for them to find serious staff.

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2017 was the first year when the quota of foreign workers (from third countries) was initially established – instead of 3,000 permanent workers, as initially estimated by employers, 3,211 people were employed. It is a sign that the shortage of personnel has increased so much that companies need to import labor to continue their development.

The quota of newly admitted workers for 2018 was set at 7000.

Exceeding the ceiling granted at the beginning of 2017 was also determined by the fact that former Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the Minister of Labor, Lia Olguța Vasilescu, mistakenly appreciated the evolution of the labor market – after an annual quota of 3,500 was approved in the previous three years. of permanent workers, they reduced the quota from 3,500 to 3,000.

Despite the fact that the businessmen invoke a deficit of hundreds of thousands of skilled workers, only in 2017 was exceeded the threshold of 3,000 employees brought from third countries:

After the significant increase (by about 30%) of these requests, the Government has established for 2018, a total quota of 7,000 foreign workers newly admitted to the labor market in Romania, with 1,500 more than in 2017:

  • permanent workers – at 4,000, instead of 3,000
  • posted workers – 1,200, instead of 700 to 1,200
  • persons transferred within the same company – 700
  • highly skilled workers – 500
  • seasonal workers – 400
  • trainee workers – 100
  • cross-border workers – 100.

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The lack of Romanian workers, which has forced some entrepreneurs to recruit staff, including from the Philippines, as Profit.ro has announced since 2016, now determines the Romanian authorities to increase again, as last year, the number of foreign workers who can be registered on local market, just for this year. This time, the Government will double the maximum number of jobs allowed.

According to the Ordinance 25/2014 on employment and posting of aliens on the territory of Romania, the Government annually decides the quota for types of newly admitted workers, according to the labor migration policy and the labor market situation in Romania. Basically, the Romanian authorities determine every year how many foreign workers can be registered in the country. For this year, the approved quota is: permanent workers – 4,000 (compared to 3,000 last year, subsequently supplemented by another 2,000); posted workers – 1,200 (700 last year, subsequently supplemented by 1,000); persons transferred within the same company – 700; highly skilled workers – 500, seasonal workers – 400; trainee workers – 100; cross-border workers – 100.

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