The Deputy Prime Minister of Italy Francesco Rutelli said that it is possible that Italy would offer jobs to Romania if other European Union (EU) member countries would also do the same.
The minister also added that Italy is willing to not impose restrictions on Romanian laborers in the context of European sharing.
Rutelli also said during his meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu, that Romania is no longer a country of forced immigration for economy reasons, instead it is a country where many places are total employment. There are also workplaces in which businesses come from abroad are even forced to recruit foreign laborers because of the great economic boom.
Aside from Italy, other countries such as Czech Republic Estonia, Finland, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden are also willing to open their door not only for Romanian workers but also for Bulgarians, once they join in European Union next year, while Britain, Ireland, and Spain still have labor restrictions for Romanians.
Rutelli also added that Italy, however, wanted to manage the movement of labor in coordination with other EU countries. It is not so much a matter of erecting barriers to immigration as “regulating free circulation in a coordinated way with other European Union countries.”
Premier Romano Prodi of Italy will visit Romania in January 2007 and he plans to raise this matter with Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema and Interior Minister Giuliano Amato according to Rutelli.
Studies show that Italy is the top destination for Romanian immigrants, followed by Spain since Romania is also a Latin speaking country. Aside from being the top destination of Romanian immigrants, Italy is Romania’s top trading partner.
There are about two million Romanians work overseas, 31% of them are in Italy and 20% in are in Spain. In a study done by the International Organization for Migration, Romanian villages become empty of adults who are in working age during summer, some have direct bus links to Italian or Spanish villages where they (Romanians) land a job.
Romania has a monthly wage of about US$400 (Euro310) and unemployment rate is about 5%.