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The number of young people looking to work abroad has doubled after Brexit vote, report finds

The Canadian visa website experienced a 325% spike after the referendum results were announced

Matt Payton
Tuesday 28 June 2016 19:00 BST
Prince Harry and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Prince Harry and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (PA)

The number of young people looking for work abroad has doubled since the EU referendum results were announced, a new report has found.

Searches for work in cities such as Dublin and Berlin were prominent on job search site, Indeed.

The Irish Embassy in London has asked British citizens to stop applying for Irish passports after receiving 4,000 applications on Monday instead of their normal 200.

The Canadian embassy told The Independent that, on the day of the Brexit result, visits to the country's immigration, refugees and citizenship website rose by 325 per cent above normal levels.

Indeed spokesman, Mariano Mamertino, said: "Last week, the majority of British citizens voted to exit the European Union, but quickly thereafter many UK-based job seekers started a vote of their own - they jumped online to look for work elsewhere.

"We saw the share of job seekers looking for opportunities outside the UK in European countries doubling in the 48 hours that followed the announcement of a Brexit.

"Most job seekers looked to the very countries of the European Union that Britain will be leaving, with Ireland attracting the most searches. This could be early signs of British job seekers' collective vote of no confidence."

Ireland’s foreign minister, Charlie Flanagan, said in a statement: "An unnecessary surge in applications for Irish passports will place significant pressure on the system and on turnaround times.

“The increased interest clearly points to a sense of concern among some UK passport holders that the rights they enjoy as EU citizens are about to abruptly end.

“I want to state clearly that this is not the case."

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