Report reveals times are tough for young Spaniards

THE SPANISH youth are most at risk of descending into poverty new data has revealed. 

Only 21 per cent of people under the age of 30 have managed to fly the nest leaving the other 79 per cent living at home, firmly attached to their parent´s apron strings, according to the reportObservatory. This is not through personal choice however as in the current climate, in Spain, where half of the people aged under 25 are unemployed, options for living anywhere else, apart from at their parent´s home, are somewhat limited.

For those aged under 30 who have managed to find work, permanent contracts are few and far between. 

The representative for the Youth Council of Spain in charge of economics, Victor Reloba recently stated that “Spain is no country for young people,” 

“More than a third of the youth population is at risk of social exclusion” 

The data has revealed that of the few youngsters who have managed to spread their wings and fledge the nest, only 16 per cent have managed to do so on their own. 

Reloba went on to say that: “For the young today having a job is inherently difficult.” 

Employment and housing are the two key factors for a young person to “start the transition to adult life”.  However, “living with their parents is the only strategy they have”

Catalonia, Valencia, Madrid and La Rioja are the regions that have suffered the biggest falls in numbers of under 30 year olds leaving home. 

La Rioja has the worst figures in the country, where only 16 per cent of young people had managed to leave home, 35 per cent less than the previous year.

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