Έλληνες Brain Drainers στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο: Τα Βαθύτερα Αιτία της Φυγής Πέρα από την Ελληνική Κρίση

Translated title of the contribution: Greek Brain Drainers in UK: Causes of leaving homeland beyond Greek Crisis

Athanasia Chalari, Efi Koutantou

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Abstract

Narratives of why people leave homeland can be primarily associated with the study of migration in terms of peoples’ movement. Greek people have been very familiar with the idea of leaving homeland as well as returning back home, throughout modern Greek history; yet, due to the ongoing Greek crisis and prolonged austerity, a new migration wave has been formed in Greece associated with young professionals and scientists (brain drainers). This study utilises the qualitative collection and analysis of 31 interviews contacted with Greek brain drainers currently living in UK, in an attempt to examine, understand and explain the reasons why they left homeland. We argue that reasons leading to the decision of leaving homeland as well as the consideration of returning, are associated with the meso-factors of inadequate human and professional development (associated to personal and professional improvement) as well as the micro-factors of certain cultural and social customs (associated to deprivation of trust and respect).
Translated title of the contributionGreek Brain Drainers in UK: Causes of leaving homeland beyond Greek Crisis
Original languageGreek
Article number7
Pages (from-to)37-64
Number of pages27
JournalGreek Sociological Review
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

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