27/09/2013

Highly-Educated Are Majority Of Irish Emigrants

A disproportionate number of highly-educated young people are leaving Ireland, a year-long study of emigration has shown.

Researchers from UCC's Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century and Department of Geography found that 62% of people leaving Ireland for other countries have a tertiary qualification of three years or more.

The figures were gather by way of 2,400 door-to-door interviews.

Emigration now stands at four times that of 2006, with one-in-four households in rural Ireland affected by emigration.

The full study, Irish Emigration in an Age of Austerity, can be found on the University College Cork website.

(MH/JP)

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