Parents of Romanian, Polish and Bulgarian children prefer to go to doctors or dentists in their home countries. They also believe that the UK education system is not effective.
These were the findings of a study conducted by a team of researchers at Strathclyde University on child migration, quoted by the Telegraph newspaper.
Eastern European parents prefer "medical vacations" in their home countries rather than going through the long waiting lists of NHS. Besides the national health system, they are disappointed with the British educational system, as they believe British schools do not require enough from children intellectually.
The conclusions come from a study conducted over two and a half years focusing on the experiences of children in Eastern Europe whose parents arrived in UK after the EU enlargement.
The study also showed that while parents came to the UK in search of a “better life” for their children, many of the children themselves struggled with isolation and separation from close family and friends and in some cases suffered serious emotional problems.
The same research also highlighted a little-reported trend toward family break-up and divorce, often in cases where men have previously come to Britain to work ahead of their wives and not been together for months or years.
Researchers at Strathclyde University have studied the lives of about 60 children, whose parents settled in different parts of the UK. The study cost £ 230,000 and was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.