Skip to comments.Overqualified and Underpaid: Europe's Educated Unemployed Youth Flee the Continent
Posted on 03/22/2014 6:41:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Europes unemployed youth do not mind a little economic insecurity. What they cant 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 Unions 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 Spains 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.
Translated from German
Why don’t they just raise the minimum wage?
Why don’t they just end immigration?
They could invade Russia. It’s done wonders to decrease the surplus population before.
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.
But, but, but... socialism works! Just look at Europe!
Ahhh the wonders of socialism.
Pretty soon these people are going to run out of places to go to.
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.
They will just infest the west with their culture of communism same as the MSLMS
So now she’s in Canada competing with all the muzlims and Chinese for Canadian jobs...
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.
And that would be correct.
She has or is getting a PhD in "Communications." The only thing she's competing for with that degree is a burger-flipper job.
End immigration, not emigration. Keep the illegals from N Africa out. Just like keeping the Mexicans out.
Translated from German
If that's the only grammar mistake, then somebody is a great translator!
“Communications” people often land high-paying corporate jobs. It’s an important corporate function.
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.
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...