Diana Popovici interview
– Would you agree to take part in a study about families split by contemporary migration?
– What’s your name?
– My name is Popovici Ioana Diana and I’m 18 years old.
– Glad to have you with us. Who migrated from your family?
– My parents. Both my mom and my dad have left.
– Both of them. Since when?
– Ten years ago. Since 2006.
– And who do you live with?
– My grandparents.
– They have power of attorney.
– So legal guardians. Any siblings?
– No, I’m an only child.
– And what do you parents do?
– My mother’s a maid and my father’s a construction worker.
– In what town?
– In Rome.
– How often do they come back home?
– About twice a year, in the summer and for the winter holidays.
– And how do you keep in touch with them?
– Through social networks – facebook, skype, phone also.
– How often?
– We speak every day.
– What are the best memories with your parents?
– For example when I was in Italy and spent the summer with them.
– When was this?
– Last year.
– So last year you went to Rome. And you liked it because you were with them. They were on vacation and they could take care of you.
– So what did you do, what did you see?
– We saw all of Rome, we went to the Vatican, the seaside..
– How long were you in Italy?
– Three months.
– Three months – so the entire summer. Do your parents own a place or do they rent?
– They rent.
– And are they content? Do they wanna come home? What do you know?
– They want me to join them once I graduate.
– But do you want to?
– I’d like them to come home.
– So what do you think is going to happen?
– I think they’ll return eventually.
– So you hope that. I understand. Why don’t you want to go to Italy?
– I don’t like it. I like being in my own country and speaking Romanian.
– But you learned Italian?
– Didn’t manage to?
– Look, your colleague can help you learn Italian. I thank you and I hope you get to see your parents soon. Did they say they’re coming home for Christmas?
– It’s possible, or maybe for New Year’s, I don’t know for sure.
– And how long will they be home?
– One week tops, then they need to get back to work.
– Alright. Thank you and I hope we’ll all see each other soon.
– Thank you.