Why form an association of Romanian doctors?
Because we are growing more and more numerous in the region.
Because, when one moves to a new country, one must also change everything else: language, habits, house, friends, work, cuisine… Everyone who has undergone these changes knows the experience can be difficult; as such, we would like to help newcomers in their efforts to integrate French society quickly, to understand their new homeland, and to feel less lonely.
Because in Romania we have a saying Unde-s mulți, puterea crește, which roughly translates to “United we stand”. Many amongst us are actively engaged in various humanitarian efforts, and we would like our association to provide a support framework for such endeavors.
Because we all have at least two things in common:
The first is the lack of knowledge of our new country: we are emigrants, in the beginning we know nothing, and then, step by step, we begin to discover, understand and come to know, and finally, after some time, we feel at home; but sometimes some questions remain. That is another reason why we organize meetings in which we can share our experiences, not only on a professional level but also on a more personal one. Further, we also try to find specialists in other areas – legal, technical, artistic, administrative – who can answer our questions. The association also aims to foster links with all the healthcare players in the region, both in the public and private sectors, including other associations of healthcare professionals as well as patients.
The second thing we share is that we all miss our homeland, Romania, with an intensity which varies from one individual to the next. We miss speaking Romanian; we miss our friends, Romanian music and traditions. We regularly gather during evening events in order to rekindle the fragments of our country that we all carry deep inside.
Because we wish to be both French and Romanian at once. We wish to work in France and integrate French society, we have chosen to live in France and feel fortunate to be able to do so, even though this path is not always easy.
If you have any ideas, suggestions or initiatives that you’d like to share, we will be glad to hear from you and receive your support.