In the midst of the financial crisis that hit Greece over 5 years ago, young people are leaving the country in search for a better future. This is another tragic side effect of the crisis that has cost Greece some of its brightest young scientists.
More than 100,000 Greek scientists are working or looking for a better job position abroad. Meanwhile, 30,000 Greeks are also studying out of the country and plan on setting up their lives away from their homeland.
A study conducted by Lois Labrianidis, Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Macedonia, northern Greece, over 100,000 Greek scientists – working in the field of medicine, engineering, economics and law – up to 40 years old are leaving and operating abroad. Furthermore, the United Nations released official data stating that a total of 150,000 Greek scientists of all ages are currently living out of Greece.
This tendency to escape has intensified over the last five years, due to the economic crisis and high unemployment rate that are plaguing Greece. Based on the University of Macedonia research, 73% of young people who decide to leave the country have a master’s degree, 51.2% have a PhD and 41% have studied in well-renowned universities.
According to Evi Sachini, National Documentation Center director, this tendency will have an acute impact on the Greek educational system, especially when taking under consideration the development of technical and higher education institutions in Greece. Financial and qualitative data show that Greek universities are on the verge of a major crisis.