According to one batch of data from an international children's well-being survey conducted from January to June, 22 percent of Estonian sixth-grade students said one or both of their parents worked abroad.
University of Tartu researcher Kairi Talves, who analyzed the data, told Eesti Päevaleht daily that the children viewed their long-term plans and coping more negatively, and that their general well-being was also lower.
Of the 230 children (1,000 were sampled) most said one parent worked abroad. In the case of 189 children, it was the father. In the case of 13, both parents worked abroad, and most of these were raised by their grandparents.
The study of children's well-being in Estonia is part of an international project in 13 countries, funded by the Jacobs Foundation in Switzerland.