Opinion David McWilliams

Tuesday 27 June 2017

David McWilliams: What if our brilliant young never make journey home?

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to avoid a daunting choice
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to avoid a daunting choice
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

IN these soaring Mediterranean temperatures, spare a thought for the peoples of southern Europe and consider the similarities between what is happening there and what is happening in Ireland.

The Mediterranean economies are large, historical countries with profound civilisations and substantial populations, but they risk becoming denuded of young people because – as in Ireland – youth unemployment is corroding the very heart of the societies and the young are moving off.

Consider some statistics on unemployment and emigration for a minute and then let us pause and think about the consequences for all societies.

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