A research published by Datafolha in June shows that most young Brazilians are dissatisfied with their country. According to their answers, 62% wish to live abroad, with the United States as the preferred destination for a new life. As for adults, the number falls to 44%.
Imagine Brazil minus the state of Minas Gerais. No, we’re not speaking of the loss of cultural or territorial wealth from there, but of its population that, according to the Datafolha research, is equivalent to the number of people ready to leave Brazil when given the opportunity. The number refers to young Brazilians between the ages of 16 to 24, and is explained by the dream of going on an exchange program in another country.
On the other hand, the older the age, the smaller the rate of those who wish to leave the country. For instance, the number of those dissatisfied with living in Brazil decreases to 44% among interviewees between the ages of 35 to 44. In the age range of 45 to 59, the percentage falls to 32%, and lastly, to 24% in the population over 60 years old.
The study, undertaken in 129 Brazilian municipalities, considered the different social conditions of the interviewees. Other important data: interviewees who are college graduates are the ones that most wish to leave the country (56%), versus the 48% who only finished high school and the 27% who only finished grade school.
Considering social class, classes A and B stand out, corresponding to 51% of those that wish to live abroad. Almost half of class C also wishes to leave: 44% of those interviewed. Lastly, 30% of the members of classes C and D would also like to leave the country. As for the chosen destination, the United States head the list, followed by Portugal and Canada.