Young people from villages in the heavily unemployed south of Slovakia are leaving to find work in western Europe, wrote the daily Pravda.
Novohrad and Gemer regions are affected by this trend the most, with one in every two of single unemployed young adults having left to work abroad.
The village of Pôtor, in the district of Velký Krtíš , has lost twenty people this way over the past two years, mainly to the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria.
Pôtor Mayor Branislav Laco says the district has been abandoned by nearly 500 young people.
The mayor of the nearby village of Balog nad Iplom, Gabriel Balogh, notes the high number of young women who have gone to Britain to work as waitresses or au pairs.
Even by doing low-paid work, young Slovaks who go to western Europe can earn between Sk40,000 and Sk100,000 (€1,000-2,500) per month.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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26. Oct 2004 at 17:08