(26 Feb 2012)
FILE: Barcelona, 19 June 2011
1. Various top shots of protest over high unemployment and the state of the economy, with people marching and holding banners reading (Catalan) “The street is ours. We will not pay for their crisis.”
2. Back shot of protesters clapping
3. Close up of young protester clapping
Barcelona, February 23, 2012
4. Various of creators of blog: www.elsnouspobres.wordpress.com for unemployed youngsters, surfing the internet at beach front
5. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Santiago Perez, blogger:
“We have no prospects. It is very difficult to plan your life here so we are now thinking of moving abroad. It is paradoxical how the crisis has changed our points of view so fast and radically at once.”
6. Various of people at beach front
7. Various of people at job centre
8. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Judith Sants, unemployed engineer:
“I am an technical agricultural engineer. Nowadays I am studying to obtain a degree in food science and technology. I’ve been unemployed for thirteen months now. Nowadays things look so bad that I am contemplating the possibility of moving abroad. The way things look today I am seriously thinking about it.”
9. Sants speaking to job centre worker
10. Mid shot of Sagrada Familia basilica
11. Wide of boulevard
12. Exterior shot of business school
13. Various of MBA students during class
14. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Alberto Rodriguez, MBA degree student:
“I have contacted Spanish companies. But when you have a university degree the wages they offer are not as good as abroad and the working conditions are not as good as abroad. I think that the unemployment rate is much lower for those of us with university diplomas but the conditions are still bad.”
15. Set up shots of economics professor, Josep Bertran
16. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Josep Bertran, economics professor:
“When you talk about 40 percent unemployment rate (for younger ages) you have to take into consideration the educational background. For those with university instruction the rate is less than 10 percent. This forty percent of youth unemployment applies to people with a low level of academic education because Spain has a high index of school dropout, there are people that haven’t finished elementary or high school.”
FILE: Madrid – 21 May 2011
17. Pan aerial shot of demonstrators in Sol Square protesting the government’s handling of unemployment
18. Various of demonstrators
19. Close up of demonstrator holding banner reading (Spanish) “Education is not a business”
Last Summer, the streets of Spain were awash with thousands of young jobless Spaniards, angrily protesting against high unemployment, bleak economic prospects and politicians they consider inept.
Since then, Spain elected a new government but the jobless rate continues to grow and hundreds of thousands of youngsters are now unwanted members of a “Lost Generation” of both unskilled and well-educated 20-something Spaniards.
Santiago Perez is finishing his architecture degree.
He and his friend Eric Lluent, an underemployed freelance journalist in Barcelona who lives with his parents and borrows money from his mother, set up “The New Poor” blog to document the stories that few Spaniards tell openly because of pride.
Lluent eventually wants to translate the posts to English, so more Europeans will know what’s happening in Spain.
“We have no prospects,” says Perez, sitting with Lluent by the waterfront at this Barcelona beach.
“It is very difficult to plan your life here so we are now thinking of moving abroad. It is paradoxical how the crisis has changed our points of view so fast and radically at once.”
Overall, unemployment stands at nearly 23 percent as Spain looks set to fall back into its second recession in three years.
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