The proportion of Russians wanting to emigrate has jumped to 21 percent compared just five percent two decades ago, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center said on Friday.
A research poll showed 21 percent of respondents were willing to move abroad and seek permanent residence and another 20 percent would like to get employment abroad.
The largest number of potential emigrants is among Russia's younger age group between 18 and 24 years old. The survey found 39 percent of them are ready to pack up and move abroad, while another 29 percent with higher education would do the same. One third of active internet-surfers are ready to leave Russia.
The research center said 75 percent of Russians are content to remain where they are. These are mostly elderly people (93 percent), people with a lower education level (85 percent), and those who are not internet users.
The research center interviewed 1,600 people living in 46 regions in Russia.
MOSCOW, June 10 (RIA Novosti)
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