The European statistics provider, Eurostat, revealed that higher education graduates across the 27-nation bloc are less mobile than the rest of the population. The same shows that rates range from 66.4 percent of French to 15.2 percent of Romanians, which is the lowest, TheSchengen.com reports.
In addition, the number of individuals enrolled in higher education in other EU countries was lower – which means that European citizens are more comfortable to pursue their studies in their home country, especially in countries such as Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece and Portugal. For other member states, citizens with higher education were more mobile than the rest of the population.
In conclusion, Eurostat results show that graduates of higher education were generally more mobile than the rest of the population, which means that people with a certain degree were more eager to leave their country, except for countries that became part of the European Union after its accession in 2004.
Looking at the data – the difference is noticeable, ranging from 12.2 percentage points for Italian citizens to almost 27.4 percentage points for French citizens, who are educated, mobile citizens.
There was also a discrepancy in the proportion of tertiary graduates within the national resident population, which varies from 46.3 per cent in Ireland to 17.6 per cent in Romania.
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Furthermore, highly skilled individuals among mobile EU citizens jumped by 7.3 per cent over the decade. More specifically, the proportion of highly skilled people in the European Union increased from 23.7 percent in 2010 to 30.9 percent in 2020, which is close to the rate of the total population in the European Union, which rose from 23.4 percent to 31.3 percent.
The only two countries that witnessed a decline were Hungary, which scored 0.2 percentage points, and Bulgaria, which scored 0.1 percentage points. In contrast, an increase of 6.8 and 7.4 percentage points was observed for the population residing in these countries.
“In nine EU member states out of the 20 EU member states for which data is available, the proportion of highly skilled among their mobile citizens has increased more rapidly than the proportion of the population residing in the corresponding country of citizenship,” the press release from Eurostat also noted that The opposite happened to countries such as Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden.
In addition, 73.1 per cent of mobile EU citizens work, 2020 data shows, compared to the EU average of 72.4 per cent. The employment rate for mobile EU citizens jumped from 69.1 per cent in 2010 to 73.1 per cent in 2020.