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Exodus from Romania: How free movement looks at the other end of the EU

With hundreds of thousands of people opting to work abroad, it is hard to see a way forward for much of rural Romania

By Stephen McGrath   April 2018

Demonstrators hold up mobile phones during an anti-government and anti-corruption protest in front of the Romanian Parliament Photo: Getty

A small boy of about four is playing alone on a heap of pebbles in the street as a light spring sun sets over the village of southern Transylvania. The local church bells toll and his grandmother calls him back to their dilapidated home.

It is not the only house in this village in a state of disrepair; nor is the boy, Alexandru, the only small child playing in the…

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