The elderly from the Center for the Elderly in Calarasi, cared for by Nepalese

While hundreds of Romanian caregivers go to Austria to take care of the elderly, our grandparents are cared for by Nepalese. 23 caregivers from Nepal work at the Center for the elderly in Calarasi.

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

We are in the town of Nuci, Calarasi county, 30 kilometers from Bucharest. 150 grandparents live in the Elderly Center here.

Mariana Melinger, owner of the Elderly Center: Many of them don’t even know what the coronavirus means, what the pandemic means. That they still watch TV, but practically they are not affected by anything. The same life as they had two months ago.

After the virus reached Romania, the center was closed. Visits were prohibited. As well as employee exits. It was not difficult, because most of the caregivers are Nepalese.

Mariana Melinger, owner of the Center for the elderly: Employees who only went home after two months. When they returned, they were quarantined and tested. Until the result arrived, they were closed. 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, Nepali caregiver: 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, 50 percent we save. I have 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 the best.

Khatri Babu, Nepalese caregiver: He speaks in Romanian, then in English. After eating, we do sports. At 11 o’clock for a snack, after going to the bathroom, 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.

And Dada left his family in Nepal for a double salary.

Pun Dada Sing, Nepali caregiver: Of course I miss my family. Our contract is for two years. I have a family, a little girl.
Mariana Melinger, owner of the Elderly Center: I started with four, six, eight, after 16. I kept multiplying them because I saw that it was good. The labor market has thawed, so Romanian employers are again looking for foreign workers.

Anne Marie Stavri, recruitment company specialist: Workers in Asia are much more conscientious. We are talking about cheaper labor. Workers from Asia come on salaries of 400, 500, 600 dollars. They are willing to work overtime.
30 thousand foreign workers would come to Romania this year.

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


More and more nepalese employees in restaurants in Romania: “For them here is El Dorado”

If Romanian workers are no longer available, more and more employers turn to those from poor countries, such as Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Because they are very hardworking, the Nepalese are employed especially in tourism. So don’t be surprised if you meet them in hotels and restaurants. Their countries are facing the same phenomenon that Romania went through 15-20 years ago, when our people massively left for Spain, Italy, England or Germany, for a better life.

Hardworking and always with a smile on their face. This is how colleagues describe the workers in Nepal. Sange Sherpa is 36 years old and is a cook’s helper. He left his wife and three children at home. For him, Romania means the chance to ensure a better life for his loved ones.

He came to a country with a totally different culture from the one at home, but he adapted.

Sange Sherpa: “The food is different. I like my food.”

Iosif Stefanescu, master chef: “My turn, in ’97, I went through this. I went to Germany for a better life, my little girl was 6 weeks old at the time. That experience was good for me, because I babysat him a little. I showed them where to stay, public transport.”

On his days off, Sanghe visits Bucharest. He doesn’t go shopping, because he sends home almost all the money he earns.

Sanghe has two other 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 charms. We make burgers. We have lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes. I put bread,” he says.

His brother is free and welcomed us in the room where they both live, in Romania.

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

Three other Nepalese arrived in Romania two days ago. They will cook for a supermarket chain from Bucharest.

“Before coming 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 around 200 dollars a month in Nepal. In Romania, their salary is 3-4 times higher. The state obliges employers to offer unskilled workers the average wage in the economy. The employers are willing to give them, in some cases, higher salaries than the Romanians, because in the last two years it was difficult for them to find serious staff.


Labor crisis: Romania doubles its “import” of workers from Asia

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 also raises for this year the number of foreigners who can be hired by entrepreneurs.

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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