Young Maltese show lower emigration plans than EU average

21% of young Maltese people are planning to emigrate in the next three years.

A recent study by Eurofound, the European Union’s research agency, focused on young people across Europe and their quality of life. European experts analysed, among other matters, the tendency of young people to migrate abroad.

The Eurofound study indicates that 21% of young Maltese people are planning to emigrate in the next three years. This is a lower proportion than the European average, which stands at 23%. In fact, only in 8 other countries across Europe is there is a lower proportion of young people planning to leave their country. The highest proportion of youths planning to emigrate are young Cypriots, with around half of them saying they plan to leave their country within the next three years. More than 2 in 5 young Hungarians say the same, while about a third of Irish, Austrian, Croatian, Spanish, and Italian have plans to emigrate.

These Eurofound figures indicate that it is not true that more than 70% of young Maltese people have a plan to leave Malta. They also show that the proportion of young Maltese who have any plan to emigrate is well below the European average and among the lowest in the Union.

The likelihood that a young Italian or Spanish person is planning to emigrate is one and a half times that of a young Maltese person, while a young Cypriot is twice as likely to be planning to emigrate. It is more likely that a young German has a plan to emigrate in the next three years than a young Maltese.

 Plan to migrate
Finland8%
Latvia11%
Portugal12%
Slovenia13%
Poland16%
Netherlands16%
Estonia19%
Slovakia19%
Malta21%
France21%
Germany22%
EU23%
Bulgaria23%
Romania23%
Belgium24%
Sweden26%
Greece27%
Italy29%
Spain30%
Croatia30%
Austria31%
Ireland35%
Hungary42%
Cyprus50%
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