Over 200,000 Talented Young People Have Left Crisis-Stricken Greece
by Philip Chrysopoulos
- Jan 20, 2015
More than 200,000 young, talented Greeks with university degrees and skills have left the country during the economic crisis
of the past five years, according to a feature in The Guardian.
The British newspaper calls them Generation G and talks about the “biggest brain drain in an advanced western economy in modern times.” Now, these migrants will have to watch the January 25 elections from abroad.
“It is a huge loss of human capital whose effects will only begin to be felt in the next decade,” said Aliki Mouri, a sociologist at the National Center for Social Research. “People who have been educated at a great cost, both to their families and the public purse, are now working in wealthier countries which have not invested in them at all,” she added.
Almost half of the 200,000 young Greeks who have left their homeland for a better future now work in Germany and the United Kingdom.
“Greece is where I should be,” says Maritina Roppa, 28, a trainee doctor who left Greece three years ago for Germany. “It’s such a pity that people like me, in their 20s, have had to go.” She adds that several hospitals in Greece have been shut and job positions lost.
Roppa is one of 35,000 Greek doctors – the biggest foreign group of its kind – who have emigrated to Germany, according to German statistics.
Migration outflow has soared to 300 percent on pre-crisis levels, while youth unemployment
exceeded 50 percent.
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