Most Mediterranean men leaving mama ever later

11th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

The survey conducted by the EU shows Spanish and Portuguese mean leave home when they are 29 years and four months.

Brussels – Mediterranean men are leaving the parental home later and later as problems of establishing their independence in modern life exaggerate a long tradition of staying close to mama, EU statisticians said Thursday.

While data released by the European Union showed that Bulgarian men were on average the oldest to fly the nest among 24 countries which provided survey results for 2007, young Italian men have delayed their departure longer on a historical basis.

The Bulgarian average was 31 years and six months, while Italians struck out on their own just short of their 31st birthday.

Past surveys on the same theme, although not directly comparable, show that Italian men have stayed on at home more than most.

Thursday's figures also showed that Greek and Maltese men were already aged 30 when they moved out, while for Spanish and Portuguese it was about 29 years and four months.

The survey results were not uniform across those countries which have Mediterranean shores, with Frenchmen showing themselves to be much quicker to find alternative home comforts -- leaving on average at just over 24 years old.

Moving further north, figures for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales gave the average age as 24 years and six months -- with the lowest in Europe's farthest northern outpost of Finland, at just over 23.

For women the average leaving age remained lower, at under 30 across Europe.

The impact of educational qualifications and changes in the pre-recession labour market, which has meant a huge upsurge in temporary employment and job mobility compared to previous decades, was cited by the EU's Eurostat agency as key factors.

"The median age at which young people leave home has tended to rise over time for both men and women," said a detailed 2004 EU report into these trends, with Greek and Italian men already staying one year longer compared to a decade earlier.

Women broadly left home up to two years younger than men, a pattern reflected across the board in old and new member states.

AFP / Expatica

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