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Overqualified and Underpaid: Europe's Educated Unemployed Youth Flee the Continent
The European ^ | 03/22/2014 | Daniel Tkatch

Posted on 03/22/2014 6:41:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Europe’s unemployed youth do not mind a little economic insecurity. What they can’t stand is a chronic atmosphere of political hopelessness. No wonder they are fleeing the continent.

Young people appear to be the social group most affected by the lingering economic crisis of the EU. Around a quarter of them is unemployed. As expected, the situation is the most dramatic in the countries on the European periphery: In Spain 57 per cent of the population below 30 is unable to find a job, according to the most recent Eurostat figures. The worrying list also includes Greece with 58 per cent and Croatia, the Union’s newest member state, with 52 per cent.

Being young, motivated, and well-educated no longer means being on the path for financial independence today. Especially not in Spain, where many ambitious graduates are refused employment on the grounds of being overqualified. The lucky ones might find an unpaid internship or an underpaid, temporary job that scarcely matches their qualifications.

Latin America beats Germany

For that reason, many Spaniards have begun seeking employment elsewhere. Irene S. (30) has been living in Canada for two and a half years where she is pursuing a PhD in Communication. Back in Spain, she had worked as a journalist: “I actually worked for three newsrooms at the same time,” she says, “But the conditions were precarious.”

Other European countries, particularly the economically strong states like Germany and France, are increasingly losing their appeal for migrants like Irene. Studies have shown that Latin America is slowly becoming as popular as European countries. “Many of my friends have already left Spain,” Irene explains, “I now have friends in Chile, Mexico, the United States, France – everywhere.”

89% of Spain’s emigrants have a college degree. This should not come as a surprise, since it has always been the well-educated that were more willing to move and had higher chances of finding a job abroad. But even students are leaving the country. Thousands of them took to the streets when the Rajoy administration announced to not only slash scholarships for advanced degrees, but to also cut the financing of the Erasmus program.

Erasmus is what allows many young Spaniards to go abroad in the first place; often, it is their first meaningful stay abroad. Many students remain in their host countries or quickly return there. Not only because continuing their studies back home is difficult in the absence of government scholarships, but also because other countries frequently offer better job chances than Spain. Other countries’ job markets might be crowded by native graduates, but even a low-paid job is often favorable to what is being offered back home.

When I ask Irene whether she could imagine returning to Spain in the next 5 to 10 years, she responds “No, not at all!” Her plans reflect an ongoing trend. “At my going-away party, a friend warned me that Canada was going to be too cold for somebody from Spain. She suggested that I would surely be back soon. Then, six months later, she contacted me to ask for advice considering the Canadian immigration process.”

If she were to return, Irene believes that she would surely find a job in Spain. “But what kind of job would it be? How much money would I make? And would it be enough to start a family? When I left Spain, it was because I was fed up with the political situation there and in the rest of Europe. I was very upset. And so leaving the country was really a means of survival: Nobody can live through constant, desperate indignation.”

The weak are being crippled

In European politics, fighting youth unemployment is a flagship initiative. But it also constitutes populism, yet another case of the symptomatic therapy: On the one hand, European governments try to create jobs through large investment sums. They do not care which kinds of jobs are created – as long as they provide employment. On the other hand, they encourage migration towards the economically strong countries through their campaigns and subsidies. As a result, countries in the European periphery are weakened even further.

Being able to move within the entire continent is undoubtedly a blessing. But in political marketing, even the desperate kind of migration is held up as proof of successful European integration. While being able to study or work abroad offers a valuable experience and contributes to integration, it does so only when equal opportunities are offered in all countries – and when a return home is a realistic option.

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Translated from German


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: eurabia; europe; europeanunion; unemployment; youth; youwanteditkeepit

1 posted on 03/22/2014 6:41:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Why don’t they just raise the minimum wage?


2 posted on 03/22/2014 6:49:36 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: sickoflibs

Why don’t they just end immigration?


3 posted on 03/22/2014 6:55:00 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: SeekAndFind

They could invade Russia. It’s done wonders to decrease the surplus population before.


4 posted on 03/22/2014 6:59:11 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Regulator
RE :”Why don’t they just end immigration?”

You mean put up Berlin walls around their high employment countries to keep their kids from moving away?

That seems a bit totalitarian to me.

5 posted on 03/22/2014 7:00:31 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: SeekAndFind

But, but, but... socialism works! Just look at Europe!


6 posted on 03/22/2014 7:00:53 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ahhh the wonders of socialism.


7 posted on 03/22/2014 7:01:50 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Pretty soon these people are going to run out of places to go to.


8 posted on 03/22/2014 7:11:03 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: SeekAndFind

But... but... this is not possible.
This has to be a lie.
I mean...if there is any truth to this article well that would mean that...

The EU is going to collapse economically because they spend more than they produce.

And if that is true...

Then Ukraine entering into restricted trade agreements with the EU could only result in resources being sucked out of Ukraine with little return and a pretty good likelihood that the EU would eventually default.

Which in turn would make joining with Russia the lesser of two evils if forces in world politics alligned to knock Ukraine out of their nuetrality.

Yet many Freepers here insist that the Crimea returning to Russia is about fear of Putins military and not one other factor.

Nope. The continuing collapse of Europe can’t be it (many of these same Freepers insisted there was no real estate that was going to collapse) because Europe is fine.

Its not fine though, and when the economic collapse comes the Islamic world they have foolishly allied with to the tune of millions of immigrants will turn on them and it will be a bloody mess.


9 posted on 03/22/2014 7:35:38 PM PDT by MrEdd (vHeck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: SeekAndFind

They will just infest the west with their culture of communism same as the MSLMS


10 posted on 03/22/2014 7:35:41 PM PDT by kvanbrunt2 (civil law: commanding what is right and prohibiting what is wrong Blackstone Commentaries I p44)
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To: SeekAndFind

So now she’s in Canada competing with all the muzlims and Chinese for Canadian jobs...


11 posted on 03/22/2014 7:41:09 PM PDT by Iscool (Ya mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailer park...)
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To: SeekAndFind
“Around a quarter of them is unemployed’’. And some can't write in proper English grammar either.
12 posted on 03/22/2014 7:47:29 PM PDT by jmacusa
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To: sickoflibs

Why no. I mean end immigration from non- EU countries.

Like the Caliphate.

If you’ve been to Frankfurt or Paris lately, you might grok my point.

It’s quite enlightening.


13 posted on 03/22/2014 7:52:33 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Iscool

And that would be correct.


14 posted on 03/22/2014 7:53:13 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Iscool
So now she’s in Canada competing with all the muzlims and Chinese

She has or is getting a PhD in "Communications." The only thing she's competing for with that degree is a burger-flipper job.

15 posted on 03/22/2014 8:03:58 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: sickoflibs

End immigration, not emigration. Keep the illegals from N Africa out. Just like keeping the Mexicans out.


16 posted on 03/22/2014 8:09:25 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: jmacusa
Very last line of the article...

  Translated from German

If that's the only grammar mistake, then somebody is a great translator!

17 posted on 03/22/2014 8:11:42 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: FredZarguna

“Communications” people often land high-paying corporate jobs. It’s an important corporate function.


18 posted on 03/22/2014 8:12:41 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: SeekAndFind
89% of Spain’s emigrants have a college degree. This should not come as a surprise, since it has always been the well-educated that were more willing to move and had higher chances of finding a job abroad.

All the while the USA is courting the poorest of the poor in Mexico. The least educated. This is going to smack us in the rear eventually.

19 posted on 03/22/2014 8:20:38 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: henkster

Thats the point: when everyone is equally stunted we will all link arms and sing cumbayah sitting in our recycled unisuits in front of our spacious refurbished shipping containers.
Ah...equality of outcome, comrades...


20 posted on 03/22/2014 8:24:16 PM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

bunch of economic retards


21 posted on 03/22/2014 8:25:20 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: Regulator

Not where I live.


22 posted on 03/22/2014 8:30:10 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
“Communications” people often land high-paying corporate jobs.

If by "often" you mean "almost never" then you are correct.

23 posted on 03/22/2014 8:39:59 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Note that the whole revolt in Western Ukraine was because these people wanted to be like those in the EU... unemployed baristas.


24 posted on 03/22/2014 8:40:04 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Regulator

it was frightening 13 years ago when I worked a Disney install - Morrocans and whatnot eveywhere, and boy, where they a sullen bunch...
.
(if they were not rioting in the Parisian malls)


25 posted on 03/22/2014 8:55:37 PM PDT by telstar12.5 (...always bring gunships to a gun fight...)
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To: SeekAndFind

College degree no longer equates to highly educated.


26 posted on 03/22/2014 9:27:28 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Regulator

It doesn’t help the demographic situation if millions of the remaining young Europeans are leaving, too.


27 posted on 03/22/2014 9:42:05 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: FredZarguna

If the government pays for her to study abroad, saying she wants to study communications in Canada might have been the way to get her government to pay to send her and get admission to Canada (as a student).


28 posted on 03/22/2014 9:43:01 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: telstar12.5

Yeah. I was there for the big car burning event a few years back.

So entertaining.

Of course, everyone in Paris thought I was nuts because I thought they could burn a few more, no one would miss them...worlds second worst traffic next to Moscow...


29 posted on 03/22/2014 10:19:58 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: jmacusa

““Around a quarter of them is unemployed’’. And some can’t write in proper English grammar either. “

That is perfectly correct British English.


30 posted on 03/23/2014 1:41:52 AM PDT by Diapason
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To: Rodamala
Note that the whole revolt in Western Ukraine was because these people wanted to be like those in the EU... unemployed baristas.

It's hard to tell what was told, and to who. The people at Maidan were a ragtag bunch, and you can bet that a good part of them was interested in the process more than in the results.

Revolutionaries often love to tell tall tales, knowing well that when the dust settles many of those who are misled today won't be around to question those stories. Revolutions live and die by the current moment; anything that can be a weapon becomes a weapon. Blame game is also extremely popular, no thanks to GWB who is personally responsible for that and more :-)

But even if we look at a small percentage of Ukrainians who were aware of details of the trade agreement (that was not joining the EU,) they likely hoped to move on to Europe and then perhaps elsewhere because Ukrainian economy is worse than Greece's. At least in Greece they honestly wasted money on high salaries of bureaucracy. In Ukraine all the money was stolen, is being stolen, and will continue to be stolen because there is not a single hint that the new team in power is planning to turn the tide of corruption. The people are just trying to swim up.

31 posted on 03/23/2014 1:41:58 AM PDT by Greysard
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To: Diapason
‘’are’’ unemployed. Plural.
32 posted on 03/23/2014 1:58:22 PM PDT by jmacusa
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