Slovak Brain Drain Slows in Wake of Crisis
Daily Pravda writes yesterday about the brain drain from Slovakia and how the economic crisis has slowed down the outflow of Slovak experts from the country.
According to statistics cited by the daily, around 160,000 Slovaks flew the coup to look for greener pastures abroad in the affluent pre-crisis days of 2007, while just 100,000 made the move this year.
Many of those who went abroad in the past five years are also starting to return, as jobs become scarcer in the most popular destination countries, like debt-stricken Ireland and Italy.
The most popular destination, though, continues to be the Czech Republic, which soaked up around 43% of all emigrating Slovaks this year. Next in line is Austria with 29%, Germany with 9.8% and Hungary with 8.1 %. The UK comes in fifth, being the destination of 7.8% of emigrating Slovak graduates.