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Young Europeans want to work abroad

According to the latest Eurobarometer survey, 53 % of young people in Europe want to work in another European country. However, less than 3 % of Europe’s working population currently lives outside their home country.     
This latest Eurobarometer survey was published in May 2011 as part of the European Commission’s flagship “Youth on the Move” initiative aimed at improving young people’s job prospects by boosting mobility through education.
Over 57 000 interviews were carried out among young people aged 15-35. All 27 EU Member States as well as Norway, Iceland, Croatia and Turkey were represented in the survey announced by the European Commission.
Among other topics, the survey questioned young peoples’ desire to work abroad and found that a slim majority overall wanted to move to another European country. In Iceland 84 % of respondents expressed an interest in moving, this was followed by Sweden (76%), Bulgaria (74%), Romania (73%) and Finland (71%).
The fact that more than half of the young people questioned are willing to move for work is positive news for the European labour market, especially as youth mobility is seen as a way to ease unemployment and spur economic growth.
But despite the numbers interested in moving to another country within Europe, the uptake of young people following this through is disappointing. As the survey highlights, only one in seven (14 %) young Europeans interviewed had actually been abroad for education or training.
Although respondents provided various reasons preventing them from moving to another country in Europe, there were two recurring answers. A quarter
(25 %) cited family commitments such as children or dependent relatives as a reason. However, a third of respondents (33 %) cited a lack of funding as a key reason preventing them from moving. This was particularly the case for the majority of respondents from Romania (51 %), Hungary, Croatia and Bulgaria (all 55 %).
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