Monday, 6 March 2017


Data from the first batch of results from a new pilot study examining youth attitudes towards emigration in Derry have revealed "frightening" results.

Lack of employment opportunities accounts for the overwhelming reason why young people want to leave Derry.

124 young people of varying backgrounds from right across the city took part and an overwhelming 95% don't see themselves staying in Derry long term.

The study will now move into schools, colleges, training and youth organisations to help map the employment, study and social needs of local young people.

Youth worker and Independent Cllr Darren O'Reilly described the study as a way to get a better understanding of how many young people are leaving and why they would like to leave.

Community worker Kat Healy said the reason for doing the research was because mass youth migration was "a phenomenon in discussions we were having with young people from right across the region."

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