Half of young, educated Slovaks considering leaving the country, new survey shows

Brain drain a threat to society, warn experts behind poll.

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Every other young, educated person – university students and university graduates – is considering leaving Slovakia, according to a new study.

Those behind the survey by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) think-tank and the ESET Foundation, said experts and policymakers in Slovakia should take careful note of the results.

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Marián Velšic, IVO analyst and author of the study which polled people aged between 18 and 29 either at university or recently graduated from higher education, said: “When experts consider [how Slovakia should] develop and catch up with western countries, they should think about not losing a highly-qualified labour force.

Brain drains threaten a society’s human and intellectual potential, and democratic societies should create conditions, opportunities and perspectives to ensure that mobility does not become permanent emigration, the study reads.

Eastern Slovakia prevails

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