Labour mobility is crucial to the single-currency area in Europe to ensure people can move where work is needed. But how many Europeans are actually willing to move abroad in search of better work?

Overall, only a quarter of Europeans would move to a different European country for a better job. At least 32% of Europeans would consider it, and 43% would not move abroad.

Upon deeper analysis, it seems like the willingness to move is influenced heavily by whether the respondent has children or not. While having children in general increases the unwillingness of an individual to move abroad, this effect is surprisingly much more pronounced for women than men: the number of men and women with no children who are willing to move is almost the same. However, more than half of the women (55%) with children were not willing to move abroad, while only 44% of men with children would not move.


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