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There is of course nothing new in such rhetoric. Emigration has been a permanent topic in media since Ukraine gained its independence. There were few periods when it looked like things are going well here and rising wave of intentions to leave declined. But last year or two convinced even most stubborn optimists that there is no room for improvement in upcoming years or maybe even decades.

As Korrespondent points out, according to recent study of the Institute of Sociology, the number of people who hope that their lives will change for better in a year fell from 40.2 percent in 2005 to 14.9 percent in 2012. At the same time, 51.3 percent of interviewed people don’t see possibilities of changing their lives for better in upcoming year, making this figure the highest one for the last decade.

Such a shift resulted in another huge change in people’s mind. A survey conducted by the recruiting company Forsage revealed that 54 percent of about 2,000 middle and top managers interviewed are ready to move abroad. Back in 2006, there were only 20-30 percent willing to find a better life outside Ukraine.

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