Half of young Spaniards believe they will have to emigrate to find work

MORE than half of young Spaniards believe they will have to leave their country to find work within the next two years, a study has revealed. ‘Youth and employment, from their point of view’ is the title of the study by The Reina Sofia Centre for Youth and Adolescence.

Researchers questioned 2013 youngsters aged between 16 and 29 about their future. The youth population of Spain bore the full brunt of the economic crisis that hit the country from 2008 onwards, with the unemployment rate among 20 to 29-year-olds soaring to over 35 per cent.

The study reported that three out of four youngsters believe they will have to work in “anything that can get them a stable wage,” rather than being able to dedicate themselves to a profession.

This trend continues as 72 per cent of those interviewed believe that having a safe and stable job is more important than having a job you enjoy.

Close to half of the surveyed youths (49 per cent) believe that the situation will not change at all in the coming years, 13.1 per cent believe it will only get worse and almost a third (32 per cent) think things will get better.

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