Is there a Brain Drain?

The authorities want to deny that there is a brain drain, but the fact is that about 90% of young Spaniards residing abroad are university graduates, especially holders of Bachelors and Masters degrees. It is safe to establish that the trend of the profile of migrants indicates that they are college graduates with under graduate and graduate degrees. According to studies currently being conducted in Spain, it is probable that the lack of job opportunities at their level of qualification is the leading cause that such a significant number of qualified university graduates decide to look for jobs in other countries.

The number of residents in Spain who have at least one university degree is 60% of the total. A recent study found a remarkable difference with the young people living abroad. This refers to the increased presence of young people in Spain who have completed High School compared to those abroad. It could be argued that young people wait to finish their college education before starting their migration project.

 

Data collected from “The emigration of young Spaniards in the context of the crisis: Analysis and data of a phenomenon which is difficult to quantify“. April 2014

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