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This paper engages with the theme of youth mobility during the economic crisis. The main aim is to explore the relationship between mobility decision-making and the impact of the crisis among tertiary educated youth in Portugal. Evidence from the author’s own research, with three quantitative surveys conducted with over 1000 tertiary educated young people in Lisbon between 2010 and 2013, illustrates a very strong desire to move abroad for the next educational or occupational step. However, contrary to what we might expect, as the economic crisis continues, the extent of this desire actually appears to be declining, implying that we may start to witness less rather than move outward movement among this group in the future. This outcome is explained via the use of qualitative case studies, which illustrate that as mobility among tertiary educated youth in Portugal tends to be funded by families, the impact of austerity measures has the potential to reduce resources which might otherwise have been used to fund sojourns abroad. In conclusion, it is argued that the economic crisis needs to be understood as a threat to mobility among highly educated young people in Portugal as opposed to being a driver of migration processes.