More than 42% of Greeks living abroad have vowed not to return to Greece, a jump of 7% from the previous year according to the latest survey results by ICAP People Solutions.
According to research findings presented at the 3rd Human Capital Summit most Greeks leave Greece because of a lack of meritocracy and corruption.
Of the sample of 1,268 Greeks living abroad surveyed, 68% of them were up to 35 years of age without high-qualified family responsibilities (64% of postgraduate and / or doctoral students).
Of those who participated last year in the survey, which accounted for 30% of this year’s sample, only 5 people have returned to Greece for work in the meantime. The main reasons for people leaving to work abroad were lack of meritocracy and corruption in Greece (41%), the economic crisis and the uncertainty in Greece (34%) and the prospects for career abroad (33%).
It has been observed that individuals have slightly higher wage requirements for their return to Greece, compared to the requirements they claimed in 2016. Half of those who participated in the survey intend to help the country to regain its competitiveness, mainly through the purchase of Greek products (25%) or by suggesting Greece as the main holiday destination (23%).
According to the results of the survey, the view that immigrants can benefit the country is relatively high, particularly for those migrating to non-European countries.