More than one million babies are born since 1987 thanks to Europe’s university exchange program according to European Parlement.
- Where to find love in the 21st Century?
Dating websites and mobil phone are all working very well, but it turns out that young people who are looking for love just have to enroll in the European educational exchange program. When students decide to study abroad, the majority think of adventure, exploring a new country, improving their language, expanding their academic horizons and, needless to say, drinking local beverages. But, there is one surprise that they do not count on: falling in love.
- One million “Erasmus-babies”
More than encourage entrepreneurship spirit, mobility and speaking foreign languages, European Exchange has consequences on students private life. According to European Parlement, 27% of Erasmus alumnis said to have find their partner during their study abroad and approximately one million “Erasmus-babies” have been born in Europe. Nowadays, more thant 4% of french couple are binational. So, Eramus has redistributed marital rules: married to someone close with the same culture as you.
More than a quarter of students who take part in long-running Erasmus program meet their long-term partner while studying abroad. Indeed, based on average fertility rates, scholars demonstrated that European study-abroad relationships must have resulted in about one million babies since Erasmus started. Studies demonstrated that foreign exchange students were far more likely to have transnational relationships. In consequence, a third of ex-Erasmus students had a partner of a difference nationality, compared to 10 percent for those who stayed at home during their studies.
- New European Generation
This figures demonstrated that Erasmus could create a lot of positives things. Created in 1987, Erasmus Program has since helped more than three million students to live, study abroad and open up to new opportunities. The budget for Erasmus has been set at approximately 15 billion euros for the next 7 years, with an increase of 40 percent.
Nowadays, approximatively 10 percent of young Europeans studied or trained abroad thanks to public funds and 5 percent of them profited Erasmus scholarship according to European data. It covers the 28 European Union countries and more like Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.
Although, the romantic potential of Erasmus has not gone unnoticed by scholars, novelists or movies as for example with “L’Auberge Espagnol”. Everyone speaking about the first generation of young Europeans. Since 2011, Italian Novelist, Umberto Eco, advocate of European Union announced: “I call it a sexual revolution: a young Catalan man meets a Flemish girl – they fall in love, they get married and they become European, as do their children. The Erasmus idea should be compulsory – not just for students, but also for taxi drivers, plumbers and other workers. By this, I mean they need to spend time in other countries within the European Union; they should integrate.” So, Erasmus program is a cornerstone of new European generation that create a real cohesion and “Erasmus-babies” is just an example of this fact.
Why “Erasmus-couples” have such a high success rate in terms of staying together remains unknown. Many students seemed to be ready to relocate to be with their partner following graduation from university, proving a certain level of commitment to the relationship from the couples in question.
- Erasmus students an asset to employers
Of course, Erasmus is not just about reproductive power. Studies demonstrated that people who took part of this program were more instilled with an international open mind which stayed with them later in professional and personal life. Around 40 percent of former students went on to live and work abroad, after their Erasmus.
Moreover, Exchange Students Program also improved job prospects of young people. Nowadays, one in five young people in Europe are currently jobless, 64 percent of professionals said international experience would make a candidate more employable. In less than 10 years, the number of companies which cited work or study experiences abroad as fundamental selection criteria increase approximatively from 30 percent.
Employers added that they were more likely to give managerial responsibilities to graduate employees with international experience. Thanks to characteristics that are required and developed for integration in foreign country, such as flexibility, open mind, communication skills and determination which are important assets in modern workplace.
So, unemployment among previous Erasmus participants is significantly lower than other students. Erasmus is, thanks to European scholarships a small price to pay. But almost two of thirds of employers asked in the job interview actively seek to only hire graduates with international background.
- More than trade, it is about family
One thing is for sure: with the increase numbers of students head to far away destination to fulfill their studies, there will be more and more globally-minded babies to come. Study-abroad program is one of the top advantages of being part of the European Union. But moreover, Erasmus is the perfect tool in helping Europeans overcome physical and psychological borders. For a lot of former Erasmus students, Europe is about more than trade, it is about family.