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A solution to Spain’s unemployment crisis

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Perhaps the Spanish could start emigrating to Cuba again, as they did in droves between 1902 and 1958 (over one million).  After all, Raul's reforms offer everyone a wonderful chance to improve their lot in life.  And so many of them are already familiar with the place, having visited as tourists...

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'Our generation is a lost cause': Spain's youth struggle to chart a life amid economic crisis

By F. Brinley Bruton, Staff Writer, NBC News
MADRID, Spain - In a country where more than 55 percent of young people are unemployed, even an obsession with bolstering your resume is no guarantee of success.

Barbara Victoria Palomares-Romero, 22, is qualified to work in restaurants, nurseries and hotels. Since leaving high school, she’s trained as a secretary, air conditioning technician and funeral cosmetologist, which is her profession of choice.

“Even though I’m 22, my resume is two pages long. And that’s because I have done everything,” she said. “I have done everything and can’t find anything.”

Palomares-Romero, who has no income other than the 50 euros (about $66) a month her parents give her, had the bad luck of coming of age in a country – and continent – in crisis.

Once envied around the world for its high standard of living and booming economy, Spain is now suffering with a 26 percent overall unemployment rate – but the numbers skyrocket to more than double the national average when it comes to people under 25. Talk is rife of a lost generation unable to properly transition into adulthood.

4 comments to A solution to Spain’s unemployment crisis

  • Gigi

    Earth to Barbara Victoria & company: welcome to the culmination of the socialist paradise you've been raised in and educated/indoctrinated to accept. Spain stubbornly keeps voting losers into office....sort of like us, except the country is not rich enough to support high unemployment. Europe, IMHO, is pretty much a lost cause when you witness the economic demise of these societies yet hear them champion the very ideology that is taking them downhill. Sigh.

  • asombra

    Too bad. So sad. But I just can't spare any sympathy for the Spanish--I mean NONE.

  • antonio2009

    Carlos, you have pointed to the biggest problem that brought about Cuba's ruin: the more than one million Spanish immigrants to the island in half a century. After 400 years of colonial exploitation of Cuba and a humiliating defeat in 1898, a decade later the Cuban Congress allowed the return of the oppressors to the island, including Angel Castro Argiz, founder of the dynasty. Then, after 1939, the Spanish Communists were allowed to flood into Cuba and later presidents Grau and Prio gave them sinecures in the government. The Spaniards engrossed the ranks of the Cuban Communist Party and were early supporters of Castro due to their rabid anti-Americanism. The top generals in the Castro dictatorship are, like the Castro brothers, mostly the sons of Spanish immigrants.
    Jose Varga Vila visited Havana in 1930 and stated: "Cubans do not know their history because it has been taught to them by Spanish priests in Catholic schools."

  • asombra

    Spain was never called to account for the centuries it exploited Cuba and apparently never felt "colonialist guilt." It wasn't even called to account for all the death and destruction it caused trying to keep Cuba as a captive cash cow. Everything, including General Weyler's horrific genocide of civilians, was "forgiven and forgotten," as if it had never happened. This was a BIG mistake, not only because it ignored the claims of justice, but because the Spanish had no need to regret or repent what they'd done--and since they got away with it, they never did. Cuba's generosity and magnanimity were taken advantage of and never repaid, but rather the opposite. Spain's detestable and utterly disgraceful ingratitude simply proves that it did not deserve to be forgiven and never really changed--it's still at it, to this day. SCREW IT.