Emigration rises in Portugal as unemployment falls / Eurofound News, March 2016

Portugal has the highest emigration rate as a proportion of its population in the EU, a rate that is currently at its highest for more than 40 years. With a marked increase in the relocation of the skilled Portuguese workforce – most notably to the UK, France and Germany – Eurofound looks at how official unemployment figures are distorted by an increase in emigration and the exclusion of those on vocational training, employment programmes and ‘discouraged workers’. These figures have been the subject of debate for some time, with the government and trade unions – among others – having differing views of how they are made up, the latter citing employment policies that encourage emigration as a way of adjusting economic stability. For an in-depth analysis, download the report.

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