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60% of young Spaniards eyeing overseas jobs

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60% of young Spaniards eyeing overseas jobs
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Six out of ten Spaniards aged 18 to 30 say they are considering leaving Spain for work, but very few have actually spent any significant amount of time overseas, the results of a new survey reveal.

Fourteen percent of young Spaniards say they are definitely planning to move overseas in search of work opportunities, while 41 percent are "rather" in favour of the idea, the results from the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications poll show.

By contrast, just 21 percent of Germans are eyeing a move abroad, according to the results of the survey of some 6,000 people aged 18 to 30 in Spain, Italy, the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, and The Czech Republic.

The Vodafone Institute found just 40 percent of Spaniards believe they will find work in their desired field, while this figure is 66 percent among Germans and 59 percent for Brits.

The survey also found Italians and Spaniards were the most negative about the future standard of living: while 43 percent of Germans thought they would have a better life than their parents, this figure was just 29 percent in Spain, and 23 percent in Italy.

In Spain, the unemployment rate is 23.7 percent and in Italy it is 12.6 percent. In Germany, this rate is just five percent.

But while the Spaniards surveyed expressed a strong interest in a move overseas, only 5 percent had actually spent more than six months abroad,

Of that group, 37 percent had been overseas to study and 34 percent said they had gone overseas to learn the language of that country. Some 12 percent had gone overseas looking for work.    

Some 36,511 Spaniards moved to Germany in 2013, according to Germany's statistics body Destatis. In the same year, 51,000 Spaniards, most under the age of 34, signed up to the UK’s national insurance scheme.

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