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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Exodus of youngsters

We are all aware of the continuing exodus of youngsters as they seek educational and employment opportunities, but the latest report that one in eight of the kids are leaving is worse than I ever suspected.

Has anyone any good ideas who to stop them leaving, or what kind of economic activity will bring them back? I've only one that I can see in the near future, but I won't back that drum again.

Anecdotal reports from Uist suggest that students are no longer coming home during the College/University holidays, preferring to stay in Glasgow, Aberdeen or Edinburgh. This is breaking their links with the islands and making them much less likely in the long term to return home. Are we facing a situation where this becomes an island of retirees and holiday homes?

The latest economic survey from the Comhairle is available here.

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