Emigration in France – Lisa Regourd, France

While mainstream media in France always talks about immigration, I chose to talk about the emigration in my country.

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In 2013, there were  2 million French expatriates. Nowadays, these expats are younger than before, and the numbers are growing 4% more each year.

Why?

The main factor that encourages this is work. In France, 25% of the young adults under 24 years old that are able to work are unemployed. Elsewhere, their qualifications offer them more job opportunities, even if they have a good education that should qualify for opportunities in France. Moreover, they are searching for a more dynamic economy and a different and innovative system, unlike the traditional French administrative one.

So, is this the consequence of some political decisions, or the significant issues of France: permanent moroseness and the bad economic situation of the country.

Perhaps not.

What we call the “brain drain” might be the reason; we have seen a fundamental shift linked to globalization and the new career paths of younger generations. The world we are living in is not the same as it was 20 years ago. According to the UN, the level of international migration has never been higher in absolute terms than now. A lot of schools and universities, in France and in many other countries, promote international experiences.

The consequence of the current negative situation of the country is that most of the young people who leave don’t come back. The newspaper, Libération, has published an article called  “French youth, your salvation is elsewhere: go away!”. It criticizes the French system and tells young people to travel, and then come back to France to change this country. However, coming back to a country where there is no job for you is impossible. In my opinion, that’s why this “brain drain” is happening. It can become a real problem for our country since more bright and young people leave each year, working as a vicious circle. This needs to change.

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