Working abroad loses appeal, except for Latin Americans.

Author:Becerra, Jorge

People's willingness to move abroad for work has fallen in recent years. That's one of the main conclusions of the new study by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) "Decoding Global Talent 2018," which was conducted with recruiting company The Network. A total of 366,000 workers and 6,000 headhunters from 197 countries participated in the survey.

In the current context, in which a major debate about immigration and trade is taking place, workers from most participating countries indicated they are less inclined to leave their home country for work-related purposes. Specifically, 57% of those surveyed worldwide indicated that they would be inclined to move, compared with nearly 64% in the last study, which was carried out in 2014.

One exception was Venezuela, where the complex socioeconomic situation is reflected in the fact that more than 90% of those surveyed said they might leave their country to work abroad.

Brazil is the other South American country where the willingness to move has increased, with more than 70% inclined to do so. In the case of Argentina, this stood at 58% at the time the interviews were conducted in the first quarter of 2018. In any case, the regional average is higher than the global one.

Reasons for migrating are different, depending on age and gender. The young are more adventurous, as shown by the fact that 61% of those younger than 30 years old were willing to work abroad, compared with 44% of those...

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