It used to be known as the “brain drain”.The phenomenon during the Troubles whereby Northern Ireland’s brightest and best students would leave to study elsewhere and never return.Now, with more than 600 days without a government and Brexit fast approaching, are students who study elsewhere in the UK and the Republic of Ireland less likely to settle back in Northern Ireland?I travelled to Liverpool to ask students from home for their views on the political stalemate.Katherine Parke, from Londonderry, has been in Liverpool since 2012.”I came here to get out of my comfort zone and to broaden the horizons a bit,” she said.’Stuck in the past’A politics student, who is currently completing a master’s degree, would the ongoing failure of Stormont influence where she settles in the future?”It would be the opposite,” she said.”It would have a sort of a galvanising effect. I’ve come here and had all these opportunities.”That’s not how Lucy Buller sees it. Originally from Holywood in County Down, she is in her first year studying Geography.”I just feel Northern Ireland is stuck in the past and stuck in such an old traditional way and we can’t move out of that,” she said.”We can’t think about the… Read full this story
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