|Fleeing Socialist Europe|
Gaelic sportsman Mick Hallows of the Roundtowers club in Clondalkin, Dublin has emigrated to Australia because of a lack of work in Ireland.
Marching with their feet. Tens of thousands flee a failed Socialist Europe
- 50,000 Irish left in 2011 alone.
- 330,000 Portuguese moved to Brazil
- Greece lost 9.4 per cent of its doctors in just one year
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. There were 97,616 Portuguese people registered in the consulates in Luanda and Benguela, almost double the number in 2005 reports the UK Daily Mail.
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.
|Tens of thousands of Europeans are fleeing to nations|
like Brazil and Australia looking for jobs that
Socialist Europe does not produce.
Portugal's foreign ministry reportedly said 97,616 of its people are now registered at the consulates in Benguele and Luanda - almost double the number who were there in 2005.
The Portuguese are also heading to former colonies, such as Mozambique and Brazil.
According to Brazilian government figures, the number of foreigners legally living in Brazil rose to 1.47 million in June, up more than 50% from 961,877 last December. Not all are Europeans, but the number of Portuguese alone has jumped from 276,000 in 2010 to nearly 330,000.
Goncalo Pires, a graphic designer who moved from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, told the Guardian: 'It's a pretty depressing environment there [in Portugal].
'In Brazil, by contrast, there are lots of opportunities to find work, to find clients and projects.'
Joy Drosis, who left her homeland of Greece for Australia, said she felt she would have been doomed if she had stayed.
In Ireland, where 14.5 per cent of the population are jobless, emigration has climbed steadily since 2008, with 40,200 Irish passport-holders said to have left in the 12 months to April this year, up from 27,700 the previous year.
There are reports of similar trends in Spain and Italy, and fears young European sports stars are leaving their birth countries for places such as Australia.
Greece lost 9.4 per cent of its doctors in just one year, with most immigrants arriving from poorer countries and often lacking the skills to replace them in the economy.
(UK Daily Mail)