My Generation Wants To Leave Romania

Day 171/365: Why? I’ll tell you why…

Sighisoara — Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash

Romania might be pretty awesome-looking in photos like the one above, but unfortunately, the country is on a downhill ever since the Revolution. Instead of growing and moulding into the free country it’s always dreamed about, the people who snatched the power from Ceausescu, right after they’d shot him, took the country into a spiral of corruption, illicit laws and despair.

Which is why my generation, the people who are now between 18 and 30 years of age, desperately look for opportunities to get the heck out of this place. They’ve had enough of the promises and lies politicians told them for the past 30 years. They simply don’t believe in them anymore.

Which is normal and natural. Would you believe a lie that’s been told to you for over 30 years? Of course not. The logical thing to do is to leave and never look back, even though it hurts to leave your country.

On the street I grew up on, about 5 young adults left the country for places like Munich or London. They work in constructions, restaurants or as canned products operators. Yes, they make canned beans for Germans. They preferred to go to Germany and basically slave their lifes there instead of trying to make something out of their lives in Romania.

Why?

Because the pay is 5 times better than in Romania. Because they can spend the weekend the way they want it to, without their boss demanding for them to do extra hours and threatening them with unpaid leave or being fired if they don’t comply.

Because they can commute to work in a civilised environment, rather by bus or train or the underground, depending on their location. Because people respect their privacy and their rights.

Because they’re treated better than in their own country. Because they feel better about themselves at the end of the day, even if the jobs that they do might be menial. Because they can afford to travel and eat and rent out a small place and make something out of their lives, things which are close to impossible on a Romanian salary.

Why does my generation want to leave Romania? Because, as soon as they step foot out of the country, they feel like humans again.

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