Since the signature of the Schengen Agreement in 1985, Europe has undergone a massive restructuring of its internal movements, promoted by the will to permit European citizens to reside and work freely within the Schengen Area. This change, far from being exclusively legal, has had a major impact on people’s perception of their professional space, reach and mobility. Promoted by international exchange programs as well as national structures, today’s European citizens are more prepared and informed than ever when it comes to working and residing outside of their country of origin.
Nevertheless, the recent economic downturn has created flows and tendencies which are specific to Europe’s current situation. In Spain specifically, authorities have recently observed an important migration of young, educated professionals towards stronger European economies, in search of better professional opportunities. As recent graduates, with potentially an Erasmus experience abroad and the knowledge of a second (or third) European language, working abroad seems not only an opportunity but a life challenge which these young professionals face eagerly.
But what happens to professionals with a solid professional experience within their country, a promising career start and a certain value on the market? How does this specific population face the possibility of further developing their career abroad? Are there specific issues related to their situation?
As with any international relocation, the two fundamental dimensions which a person will consider are professional and personal. This is where the specific needs of this group appear.
(To be continued next week)