Saturday 24 February 2018

Kenny expresses concerns about 'brain drain' as our best-educated emigrate

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed concern about the fact that young people with jobs are still choosing to emigrate for better opportunities abroad.

He was speaking after opening the Dublin office of a US online research company Qualtrics which is going to create 150 jobs over the next three years.

"Every member of the Government is concerned about a situation where young people would leave the country," he said.

It came after research from University College Cork found that almost half of all emigrants left full-time jobs to emigrate, while one in eight worked part-time. It warned that the country is experiencing a brain drain, with emigrants much more likely to have a third level qualification than the population in general.

Mr Kenny said the Government had faced a challenge to deal with the unprecedented economic catastrophe with the loss of 250,000 jobs in the three years before it took office.

But he said there were signs of confidence beginning to return to the economy with 3,000 new jobs per month and 1,000 jobs alone this week.

"It's evidenced by Qualtrics coming here and the statement made by the founder of the company, Ryan Smith, speaks more powerfully than any words of mine," he said.

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