Large part of UK university graduates leave the country

According to a new study released by the UK Statistics Office, there are approximately around 1 300 000 UK graduates, who will live the country in order to work abroad. This number is higher in comparison with other developed countries. In comparison, Germany is second with 850 000 and France is in third place with 730 000. At the same time, only 440 000 US graduates go to work overseas despite the fact that the population of the United States is around five times that of the United Kingdom.

The ONS statistics show that in 2012 around 10% of the graduates of Russell Group universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Exeter left the country. Around 12% of the graduates of elite Scottish universities – St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow went to work abroad as well. ONS figures show that during 2012 more than 150 000 British citizens left the country in order to find jobs overseas.

Conservative MP Nick de Bois told UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph ‘We live in a very mobile, global market. People can look around and they can judge where they want to go’.

Mr de Bois said that the UK should seek to encourage these people to stay. He said ‘We have got to persuade these people that they should stay here. We are losing the professional middle class’.

He said that many of those leaving were going to work in aerospace, engineering, pharmaceuticals and creative industries in developing economies ‘because they can get a higher quality of life, better education for their children and a lower cost of living elsewhere’. He said ‘We have to convince these people, who we have invested so much in, to make Britain their first choice. We have to continue to drive lower taxes; we have to keep driving the change and reform in our public services’.

At the same time, the number of immigrants who come to UK is higher than that in other European countries. During 2012 the population of the country rose with 450 000 people and immigrants contributed with 40% for that growth.


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