December 22, 2011
Tens of thousands of Portuguese, Greek and Irish people are abandoning their homelands as job prospects look increasingly dire.
Migrants used to see the EU as a top destination for work and a better lifestyle, but now a stream of Europeans are leaving the continent, figures show.
In the past year, 2,500 Greeks have left for Australia alone and at least 10,000 Portuguese people have moved to Angola, according to the Guardian.
Ireland’s official statistics office predicted that 50,000 people will have deserted their home country by the end of the year, with many heading to Australia and the U.S.
The trend could become even worse, with Britain potentially losing its pull for workers who have vital skills to contribute.