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Fecha de publicación: 12/06/2017

One in every three young people in the Basque Country has gone abroad to study, work, do research, or do volunteer work

The main reason is to learn languages

22.6% of Basque youths aged 15 to 29 state that they have travelled abroad at some time to learn a language. 14.4% say they have gone abroad to study or participate in school and university exchange programmes. 7.5% say they have worked abroad at some point. 5.9% have gained work experience related to their studies or participated in research programmes. Finally, 4.6% claim to have carried out voluntary work or participated in cooperation for development projects or work camps abroad.

For anyone of the reasons mentioned above, 31.6% of young people in the 15 to 29 age group have had some experience of this type abroad.

Basque youths aged 15 to 29 who have been abroad for each of the reasons mentioned

Young women have gone abroad slightly more regularly than young men when it comes to learn or perfect languages (25.0% vs. 20.2%), to study or participate in school or university exchange programmes (16.5% for women and 12.3% for men) or to do volunteer work or participate in work camps (5.7% and 3.7%). On the other hand, fewer women than men have gone abroad to work (6.8% and 8.2%, respectively).

Persons under the age of 25 have more experience than people in the 25 to 29 age group when it comes to going abroad to learn or perfect languages or to study or participate in study-related exchange programmes. As age increases more people state they have been abroad to study, do research, or work. The figures for those who have been abroad doing volunteer work, cooperation for development or participating in work camps, despite being a minority, are higher among people over 20 than among those under this age.

Basque youths aged 15 to 29 who have been abroad for each of the reasons mentioned, based on age group

As the level of studies increases so does the percentage of young people who have been abroad for any of the reasons mentioned above.

Basque youths aged 15 to 29 who have been abroad for each of the reasons mentioned, based on level of studies

The social class that young people say they belong to also establishes differences: young people who consider themselves to be from high or middle-high social classes have been abroad to a greater extent to learn or perfect languages (41.8%), to study or to participate in school and university exchange programmes (31.1%), to obtain work experience related to their studies or to do research (11.5%), to do volunteer work, cooperation for development, or to participate in work camps (9.3%). On the other hand, those who see themselves as from the low or low-middle class say they have been abroad more often to work (21.1%).

These data come from a survey conducted by the Basque Youth Observatory in 2016 based on a representative sample of Basque youth aged 15 to 29. The sample consisted of 1500 young people who were interviewed on this and other issues. These data are a preview of the study titled "Basque Youth 2016" that will be published soon. This is the fifth edition in this series of analyses on the values, attitudes, opinions, and behaviour of Basque youth under the age of 30 that the Basque Youth Observatory prepares every four years.

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