Greeks are happy to stay home

Despite being among the most pessimistic people in the European Union, eight in 10 Greeks have not even considered the possibility of leaving the country in search of work, according to the results of a Eurobarometer survey presented yesterday. The figure stands well above the EU average of 72 percent, the survey added. Residents from Slovakia, Latvia and Estonia were the most open to leaving their shores in search of work, with around half prepared to migrate. Family obligations ranked among the most common factors behind why most Greeks prefer to stay at home, while language barriers also appeared to be a major obstacle. Meanwhile, 86 percent of Greeks also ruled out the possibility of studying abroad. According to the survey, only 1.5 percent of Europeans live in a country other than their birthplace – a figure that has remained constant over the last 30 years. The study was held between February 20 and March 24 in 2006 across the EU’s 25 member states.

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