A study carried out by university student associations across Portugal has shown that sixty-nine percent of pupils intend to leave Portugal once they have graduated.
“The data gathered shows that a worrying percentage – sixty-nine percent – of students intend to emigrate after finishing their studies, essentially to find better work conditions”, show the results of the study pertaining to ‘Professional Mobility and the Internationalisation of Young Labour’, coordinated by the Oporto Academic Federation (FAP).
Preliminary results from the study show that Europe is the preferred destination for graduates.
The majority of students who took part in the study said they believe “there are no informative mechanisms about the various European countries” that they could migrate to, which has created a “barrier” to the internationalisation of employment.
“Social and economic alterations resulting from the financial crisis” and “budget adjustments” taking place in Portugal are reasons given by the respondents for wanting to leave.
Through the study FAP has also noticed a “high number of students dropping out from the European Erasmus mobilising programme.”
Those who most think about emigrating are students on engineering and architecture courses, whose preferred destinations are Europe and southern America, according to the study.
Carried out between 14 May and 16 June this year, the study involved 1,751 university students, the majority aged between 20 and 24.