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Portfolio reports on a study conducted by Eurostat in 2016 which investigated the job mobility of young people, 20-34-year-old EU citizens. Results suggest that unemployed people show more willingness to change residence for a job, and one-third of the Hungarian participants would definitely leave the country for the prospect of a job.

Before the results are discussed in more detail, it is important to mention that the study’s Hungarian sample was small, and results need to be interpreted while considering this fact.

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Half of the participating unemployed EU citizens (ages 20-34) would not change their residence for a job, 21% of them would change their residence within their country, and 12% would change residence and even move to another country within the boundaries of the EU. Only 17% of all of the participants showed a willingness to move somewhere outside of the EU.

45% of Hungarian respondents reported to be willing to move in order to get a new job, 16% of them would move to somewhere within Hungary while 29% would move abroad as well.

Unemployed people are more likely to move

Unemployed people showed the most motivation to change residence for a job opportunity. Half of the unemployed respondents said that they would indeed move for a job, 21% within their country, 12% within the EU and 17% would even move outside the EU.

Maltese people showed the least amount of mobility, 73% of the respondents said that they would not move for a new job. Malta was followed by the Netherlands (69%) and Cyprus (68%).

55% of the Hungarian participants said that they would not move residence for a new job.

The most mobile respondents were the Portuguese (71%), Swedish (66%) and Spanish (64%) respondents. 29% of the Hungarian respondents said that they would move abroad for a new job, 20% of them would move within the EU and only 9% would be willing to move outside the EU.

Results of the survey clearly show that participants with higher education showed more willingness to change residence for a new job. This is not surprising considering that speaking foreign languages is a necessity for working abroad.

Source: www.portfolio.hu