STA, 31 March, 2018 - Some 57% of Slovenians aged 20 to 34 expressed the willingness to move for a job in 2016, according to a Eurostat survey. The number is somewhat higher than the EU average of 50%.
While 23% of young Slovenians said they would move to another place within the country, 25% said they would move to another EU country and 9% said they would go beyond EU borders to find a job. 43% said they would not move for a job.
On average, 21% of young Europeans were willing to move for a job within their home country in 2016, while 12% would move to another EU member and 17% would relocate to a third country for a job.
The highest shares of those willing to relocate within their own country were detected in Romania and Germany (37%), while the biggest shares of those willing to venture to other EU countries were recorded in Estonia and Croatia (26%), followed by Slovenia.
Broken down in terms of education, the figures show the highest willingness to move among those with a high level of education (23% would move within the country, 16% to another EU country) and the lowest among those with the poorest education (21% to another town and 10% to another EU member).
Meanwhile, actual migration data show that only 3% of young Slovenians moved to a different place within their country in 2016.
Eurostat does not provide a figure for those who moved to a different EU country. However, data showing that 95% of young Slovenians stayed put in 2016 suggest the number of those who moved abroad was not particularly high.
Data for the entire EU show that 90% of those aged between 20 and 34 did not relocate in 2016. 8% moved to another place within their home country and 1% moved to a different EU member.