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European Journal

Romania: Mama cleans in the West

More and more children in Romania are growing up without parents. They're cared for by other relatives, in homes or simply live on the street.

Der rumänische Saisonarbeiter Ioan Iacobin, der mit seiner Familie auf dem Hof von Biobauer Palm arbeitet. Bild: Alexandra Scherle, 27.05.2011 in Bornheim bei Bonn

Children's welfare organization UNICEF estimates that some 350-thousand of these "orphans" have parents working in Western Europe. Most of these parents work -- legally or illegally -- as nannies, cleaning ladies or farm labourers. For years seasonal workers, in particular, have been travelling to Western European countries like Germany, Italy and Spain where cheap labour is in demand. Some don't ever return to their children in Romania.