In Transition


At the beginning of 2014, Romania, a new member to the European Union, opened up its borders to investors from abroad. In recent years, the transition from communism to a modern economy has led to unprecedented foreign investment as companies have snapped up nearly a million hectares of land.


With a peasant farmer population of nearly 5 millon people, or a quarter of the county, an increasing number of the poorest Romanians were facing an uncertain future. With a rise in poverty in their rural homeland, many chose to explore the unknown in western Europe, made possible with EU membership.


This series follows the journey of these displaced farmers who are caught in between.

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