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Romania sets new quota admitting 30,000 foreign workers in 2020

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Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (NNDKP) largest boutique firm focusing on HR law.
Romania has fixed its 2020 quota for foreign workers.

The quota of foreign workers newly admitted on the Romanian labour market is established annually by Government Decision, following the proposal of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection.

The current decision setting a quota of 30,000 foreign workers was made taking into account Romania’s potential for economic development, as well as the need to ensure the labour force required in some sectors of activity or professions, which cannot be covered by Romanian workforce.

The measure adopted by the Government took into account the data communicated by the General Inspectorate for Immigration, according to which, from 1 January to 30 September 2019, 21,366 permits for foreign employees were issued, twice as many as in the the whole of 2018.

In addition, according to the data provided by the National Agency for Workforce Employment, between January and August 2019, employers repeatedly declared 97,003 jobs as vacant, in comparison with 63,819 job vacancies, during the same reference period in 2018.

By promoting legal migration for the benefit of the Romanian society, as well as for the benefit of the immigrants and their states of origin, the main objective of the Romanian authorities is to maximise the positive effects and limit the negative effects of migration for work/employment purposes.


Teodora Gogu
Associate - Romania
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (NNDKP)