Im­mi­gra­tion put un­der the mi­cro­scope

Euro­pean Univer­sity In­sti­tute study con­firms many sus­pi­cions and reveals un­pleas­ant truths too

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY IOANNA FOTIADI

Fu­ture his­to­ri­ans will likely look upon 2011 as the wa­ter­shed year for the mass ex­o­dus of young Greeks abroad. The pre­lim­i­nary re­sults of a study con­ducted by the Euro­pean Univer­sity In­sti­tute (EUI) in Florence in co­op­er­a­tion with Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin, the El­cano Royal In­sti­tute in Madrid and the Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity of Lis­bon on

Greeks who have moved from the coun­try since 2011 and par­tic­i­pated in the study, 24.5 per­cent are en­gi­neers, 22.3 per­cent are in fi­nance and busi­ness man­age­ment, 18 per­cent are in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and com­puter sciences, 12 per­cent are math­e­ma­ti­cians and an­other 12 per­cent are so­cial sci­en­tists. As far as their ages are con­cerned, 48 per­cent are un­der 30 and 49 per­cent are aged be­tween 31 and 45. party],” said one re­spon­dent, who pre­ferred to re­main anony­mous.

“Greece today has be­come a coun­try I don’t want to be a part of,” said an­other.

“At the age of 27, I was not seen as be­ing ca­pa­ble enough in Greece to hold a re­spon­si­ble pro­fes­sional post, one which was later of­fered to me in Eng­land,” re­sponded an­other re­spon­dent.

As far as their fu­ture plans are con­cerned, 43 per­cent of the 919 Greek par­tic­i­pants in the study said that they are in it for the long haul and plan to stay in their new coun­try of choice for at least five years, 27 per­cent are mak­ing plans for the next two to five years, 14 per­cent are ready for new ad­ven­tures and pos­si­bly an­other re­lo­ca­tion, and 16 per­cent are un­sure of what they want for the fu­ture.

Of the 919

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