Staggering 55% of Greeks Ready to Emigrate, National Survey States

Southeast Europe | April 6, 2015, Monday // 15:52|  views


Over half of Greek citizens are ready to leave their country if they find better jobs abroad, a new survey has established.

Data revealed that 55% of people in Bulgaria's southern neighbor are ready to emigrate, as unemployment is constantly increasing on account of the financial crisis, local newspaper Vima reported.

In 2014 a total of 341,334 Greek citizens have created European-style resumes that would allow them to apply for jobs in the EU market.

The survey established that the majority of people ready to leave Greece were aged 21 to 35. The number of people ready to leave the country is even higher than that of Italy, Spain, Germany and UK.

A different study showed that 55% of Greeks stated their intention of leaving the country to seek jobs and professional development.

Among the top three preferred emigration destinations for the Greeks were Great Britain ( 18%), Switzerland (13%) and the US (12%). The primary reasons for leaving Greece were stated to be the opportunities for career and successful professional development.

Meanwhile, a survey conducted by the Greek agency ICAP has showed that 47,3% of office workers in Greece are ready to emigrate only if conditions abroad are better -higher wages in a nice country and also if the job involves qualified labor.

Additionally, 16,8% stated that they are extremely likely to emigrate, while 35,9% were firm in their decision to stay in their home country.

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Tags: greece, government, financial crisis, austerity, labor market, workers, jobs, EU, UK, US, Switzerland, emigration, emigrate


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