Survey: One in five thinking of moving abroad for work

A new survey shows more than one fifth of Irish people are thinking of moving abroad for work.

The Eurobarometer study, which looks at the views of people across Europe on the topic of job mobility. also shows that 35% of people feel employment prospects are better in other countries.

The research coincides with predictions from the ESRI today, saying the number of people emigrating for work will reach 120,000 this year and next.

However, Irish people are also among the least willing in Europe to move country to find work, according to the Eurobarometer data.

Only 36% said that they would be willing to move country or region if they lost their job and were unable to find another one. This contrasts with 66% in France, Sweden and Cyprus.

Twenty-one percent of Irish respondents to the survey said they had previously lived or worked abroad for longer stays in the USA, Australia, UK and mainland Europe or for shorter working summers. This places the Irish second in Europe when it comes to experience of living abroad, securing our reputation as migrants.

"Finding ways of improving job mobility across Europe is key to our future economic success," according to Martin Territt, Director of the European Commission Representation in Ireland.

"For this to happen our grasp of European languages needs to improve and younger people need to take advantage of study and training opportunities abroad."


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