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Why did you emigrate?

Researchers from four European Universities are looking to find out how the current economic crisis has affected migration and mobility in the EU

Mon, May 27, 2013, 00:01


Camilla Devitt

Over the past five years, residents of southern Europe and Ireland have been hard hit by economic crises and austerity measures, facing high levels of unemployment, a fall in salaries and welfare benefits, and a substantial deterioration of their professional development and quality of life.

The employment crisis seems to have hit the young more than other age groups, with youth unemployment ranging between 29 per cent and 58 per cent in these countries.

Many people have responded by leaving for other countries or continents. There has been a lot of media focus on these new waves of mobility and emigration, however we need to know more about who is actually leaving, where they are going, why they are departing, and what this means for the economies and societies of southern Europe and Ireland.

Trinity College Dublin, together with the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute in Florence, Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid, and Technical University of Lisbon are carrying out an online survey as part of a research initiative aiming to understand whether and in what ways the ongoing crisis has affected migration and mobility in the EU, particularly in Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

The survey will run online from May 23rd to July 20th.

The first data analysis will be published in October. Participate in the survey, tell us your story!

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Camilla Devitt is assistant professor in the Sociology Department at Trinity College Dublin.