Almost half (44%) of young people want to emigrate, according to a poll by Interview/NSS published on Wednesday. The most popular reasons for wanting to leave the country are the weather and the chance of better self development in terms of studying and work.
Nevertheless 60% of the 600 young people questioned said they are proud of the Netherlands, particularly when it comes to freedom. Only 10% are ashamed of the country and of these, 25% said this is because of racism.
The survey also concluded that 44% of young people believe crime in the Netherlands must be tackled and 43% want more attention for environmental issues.
The survey was carried out on behalf of Visie21, a non-governmental initiative to develop a long term vision for the Netherlands.
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