A recent study from a business school (IESA) in Caracas, Venezuela has determined that the greatest impact that the current economic situation will have on Venezuela is the loss of young talent and the education of current and future generations. Her thesis reviewed the migration of the Venezuelan people between 2010 through 2015.
Because of the political and economic situation in more and more Venezuelans like Jose Manuel Gonzalez choose to leave the country every day. The people leaving are searching for new opportunities and a life that will allow them the basic well-being that every human deserves, and a chance at a better financial future than Venezuela can offer right now.
Currently, the extensive number of Venezuelans leaving their country has become a facebook trending topic. It has become a tradition for the people leaving to take a picture of their feet as they are standing on the floor of Simon Bolivars Airport.
The study also revealed through a questionnaire, whether the people who are leaving due to the current situation would return if the economic and political situation were to improve. Nearly 80% of citizens questioned say they would return if the situation improved. The questionnaire also revealed that the average age range of people leaving is between 25-year-old to 36-year-old range. At least 54% of those who filled out the questionnaire held a degree in a much-needed specialty. This means that the generation that could bring Venezuela back to its glory make up the majority of the people who are leaving to go to other countries.
Because of the politically hostile situation, no guarantees of social status, and an economy too corrupted to save, most people leaving are going to Colombia, Mexico, Chile, and Panama where these situations are more stable.