Youth unemployment in Portugal

CNC report from Lisbon
Added On August 14, 2013

With employment situation further deteriorating in Europe, youth Portuguese are more difficult to find a job.

Some of them are considering moving abroad for job opportunities.

Ana Morgado holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations from NOVA University of Lisbon.

Like thousands of other well-educated Portuguese, Ana lost her job and still hasn't found one.

She says the country's political unrest is casting a shadow over the job outlook.

"People are more and more bitter, more mistrustful and rebellious. Sometimes I wonder what's going to happen when things get even worse. I'm afraid of social unrest because so many young people are so angry."

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) the labour market situation remains particularly bleak for the world's youth, with almost 74 million people under 24 years old group unemployed around the world.

Securing jobs has become more challenged for them. More and more young people are suffering long-term unemployment.

The ILO says some 35 percent of unemployed youth in advanced economics have been out of a job for six months or longer.

Eduardo Freitas is one of them.

Eduardo has a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering. He lost his job nine months ago and has been looking for a new one ever since.
Now he's considering leaving his country.

"In Portugal, people believe if you have a higher education, you could be someone, have a career. I think all this has disappeared. People with a higher education have to emigrate."

Eduardo and Ana are facing the same dilemma.

They are willing to get trained to learn new skills, or even take a job far below their qualifications, but they wonder if jobs openings are really exist.

"The thing is, whether I am over-qualified for some job, or need more education for others, I still don't know what jobs are out there, if they really exist or they are just an illusion."

Now, Ana is counting on state benefits to survive. After they expire, she will have to rely on her parents.

Eduardo has already moved back in with his parents and is considering his next move.

 "I want to stay in Portugal and see if any opportunities arise. But if that doesn't happen I will do the same as thousands of others. I will leave Portugal for an opportunity abroad."

The ILO says chronic unemployment will erode professional and social skills and prevents youth people from gaining on-the-job experience.

The organization has called for schemes that guarantee employment or training for targeted groups of young people.

A report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) forecast high unemployment rate will leave more than 48 million people out of work in the 34 OECD countries through the end of 2014.

And the jobless for the youth will hit record with rates exceeding 60 percent in Greece, 52 percent in South Africa, 55 percent in Spain and around 40 percent in Italy and Portugal.