Photo Gallery: The Children Romanians Have Left Behind
Foto: Maria Feck/ SPIEGEL ONLINE
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Photo Gallery: The Children Romanians Have Left Behind

'Euro Orphans' The Romanian Children Growing up Without Their Parents

As the European Union has expanded eastward, hundreds of thousands of children have been turned into orphans in all but name. They grow up without their parents, who have no choice but to work in rich, Western European countries for a lack of job options back home.
Ileana Tanase, Nicoleta's mother, calls her children over WhatsApp.

Ileana Tanase, Nicoleta's mother, calls her children over WhatsApp.

Foto: Maria Feck/ SPIEGEL ONLINE
Nicoletta and her brother Andrei play with a horse at their grandparents' farm.

Nicoletta and her brother Andrei play with a horse at their grandparents' farm.

Foto: Maria Feck/ SPIEGEL ONLINE
Constantin Tabacaru (second from left) is a social worker in Corbasca who helps children and councils their grandparents and relatives.

Constantin Tabacaru (second from left) is a social worker in Corbasca who helps children and councils their grandparents and relatives.

Foto: Maria Feck/ SPIEGEL ONLINE
Petronela and her grandmother in the village of Bacioi.

Petronela and her grandmother in the village of Bacioi.

Foto: Maria Feck/ SPIEGEL ONLINE
Petrica Gologan, Petronela's and Leonard's father, earns his living begging for money in front of supermarkets in Berlin, Germany.

Petrica Gologan, Petronela's and Leonard's father, earns his living begging for money in front of supermarkets in Berlin, Germany.

Foto: Keno Verseck

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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