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Minister: Of course I'm worried about the emigration 'brain drain'

Richard Bruton was responding to a new study about Irish people emigration that has been published today.

JOBS MINISTER RICHARD Bruton believes that the only policy that his government can implement to stop high emigration is a “strong employment policy”.

Bruton was speaking to the media in Dublin today when he agreed that emigration is too high but he pointed to jobs announcements this week as evidence of the government’s strategy working.

The Minister was responding to a study published today by University College Cork which shows clear evidence of a ‘brain drain’ in Ireland – where highly educated people leave the country for work.

While 47 per cent of people aged between 25 and 34 have a third level qualification, the figure shoots up to 62 per cent when it comes to recent Irish emigrants, according to the study.

“The only policy response to emigration is, in my view, a strong employment policy,” he said today.

Read: Big study finds 1 in 4 rural households have had someone emigrate

Column: The dole queue or the departure lounge? This is the choice Ireland’s youth is facing

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