Tuesday 20 February 2018

Paul Melia: One young person in four 'fairly' or 'very' likely to quit country

THE brain drain of bright Irish people leaving for foreign countries is unlikely to be stemmed any time soon, with a startling one in four people saying they are 'fairly' or 'very' likely to emigrate in the near future.

A lack of confidence in the economy and concerns about their financial situation is forcing a worryingly high proportion of our best and brightest 30-somethings to consider a move abroad to help provide a better life, the Irish Independent/Today FM Behaviour and Attitudes survey shows.

And while the highest number of people who believe economic necessity will drive them from our shores is among the 20-to-29-year-olds (37pc), a surprisingly high number of those aged 30 to 39 also fail to see a future in Ireland.

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