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The greatest brain drain from the time of Socrates

18 May 2015 / 17:05:47  GRReporter
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In antiquity, Greece attracted the global intellectual elite but due to the economic crisis, the movement is in the opposite direction, writes the online edition MarketWatch.

The publication states that in addition to economic resources, today Greece is losing something more important, namely its human potential.

According to a survey, the number of Greek university graduates who have left the country is 180-200 thousand, which is 10% of the total number of graduate Greeks. Therefore, the country is losing its "youngest and best" citizens.

88% of Greeks who have left Greece to live and work abroad hold a bachelor's degree, over 60% a master's degree and 11% are PhD students.

A European Commission survey shows that 79% of Greeks had a job after the crisis but decided to leave because

- they were sceptical about Greece’s future - 50%

- they did not have enough opportunities for professional development - 25%.

The fact that the number of Greek students at foreign universities at present is 35,000 is further exacerbating the situation. Having graduated, many of them will probably search for a job in the countries where they are now and others in other countries, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands being the most preferred, as noted in the article by MarketWatch.

 

Tags: SocietyBrain drainGraduateGreeksEconomic crisisLack of professional opportunities
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