Employment and Social Affairs: Emigration rate in Lithuania among young people is getting higher

Posted by : Students of Mykolas Romeris University
Country : Lithuania
Date : 18.04.2011
Profession : Students (financial economy)
From : Mykolas Romeris University
Target institution : Lithuania's government
Problem status :
After Lithuania joined European Union, emigration became a big problem in the country. Mostly common emigrants are young people (20 – 29). Data, taken from Lithuania’s statistics department, shows that 40, 5% of all emigrants in 2010 were young people. Total amount is 33 600. This number makes danger for country with population of approximately 3 million habitants. What is even worse – 60% of young people wish to emigrate.
This problem intensifies during financial crisis: lack of jobs and low salaries are the main reasons. Because of this, people don’t feel the motivation to work in Lithuania and decide to emigrate in order to get financial independence.
What is more, big percentage of emigrants has University diplomas. It means that the value of diplomas is low or the market for graduates is too small. Also, our educational system doesn’t promote manual works. We have lack of manual workers and this is the reason why sometimes they get more than highly educated people.
Our group decided to raise this problem in order to find solutions which could decrease the number of emigrants. We concentrate on emigration among young people, because they are future of Lithuania.

Solutions received from citizens

João Paulo Macedo

João Paulo Macedo, 0, Student (06.01.2017)

After all, EU wasn't so good for the eastern Europe, at least in the migration matter. As we know, the EU won't listen to its peoples' claims about migration or even bureocracy, so maybe lithuanians should follow the british, swiss and norwegian examples and do better with a free global trade instead a manipulated european one, and also with a high economic freedom.
Niranjan Raju

Niranjan Raju , United Kingdom, Head - Public Policy Research (04.05.2011)

I honestly think that at the EU level, they have to help create better jobs and raise the standards in Lithuania. Once this country is considered part of Europe it has to have equal social access. This will need a lot of funding - creating better education, better paying jobs, better economic stability.

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