Addressing the country’s notorious brain drain problem, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis held a virtual meeting with Greeks who left their native country to work abroad during the financial crisis.
During the meeting, PM Mitsotakis stressed that Greece is improving financially and taking on measures to appeal to business owners and professionals, saying “Greece’s image is changing. Possibly, it is changing faster than we ever imagined it would.”
The Prime Minister cited a series of new tax laws as well as international investments in the country as signs that Greece is committed to bolstering its economy and supporting workers.
The tax bill recently brought before Parliament would offer significant tax breaks, including a 50% discount on income tax for a period of seven years, to both foreign taxpayers and Greeks currently working abroad who move to the country in 2021, either to work or run their businesses there.
After Mitsotakis opened up the discussion to the attendees, the Greeks working abroad offered insight into professional life in Greece as well as some ideas to help repair the country’s notorious brain drain, when highly-skilled, educated Greeks left Greece en masse during the financial crisis.
Attendees expressed their concern over the country’s low wages, unstable job environment, and lack of accessible loans for those who want to open their own businesses.
Additionally, they suggested providing support to the families of those who want to work in Greece, such as childcare.
The Greek professionals attending the virtual meeting also agreed that the country had taken important steps toward improving its image in terms of business and employment, as well boosting as the economy itself.