One-third of all young adults in Troms and Finnmark are considering leaving the region, according to a survey done by NRK.
16.5 percent between the ages of 18 and 29 say they want to move from northern Norway, according to the opinion poll, made by InFact for the national broadcaster.
Furthermore, 14.9 percent say that they are unsure of where they will live in the next few years.
In comparison, 68.6 percent of young adults in the region answer that they will remain.
– “When such a large proportion of them wanting to leave, there is reason to shout a little warning. These are the ones that are on the stairs to the business world and will form the basis for the northern Norwegian working life for the next 50 years,” says Professor Kjell Arne Røvik in Political Science at the Arctic University of Norway.
The uncertainty is greatest in Finnmark. Here, 9.2 percent say that they are uncertain whether they will remain.
– “The important thing is that they come back and become a resource for the region. We must continue to focus on the three major educational engines we have in Tromsø, Harstad and Alta,” says county council leader Bjørn Inge Mo (Ap) in Troms and Finnmark.
1,225 people participated in the survey.
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