It’s been nearly a decade that Europe has been suffering from an economic crisis. Although some countries have started to recover, others haven’t. One of the areas that you can see it is the most is the employment sector. Young people have continued to suffer as they are overqualified and underpaid. Older people have found themselves out of work after employers have age as a way to justify letting them go. Here are the seven worst countries in Europe to try and make a living.
Greece is considered the birthplace of modern civilization and a popular holiday destination. Despite the booming tourist industry, the country is now in massive amounts of debt. When the world recession hit, Greece found itself with mass unemployment with under 25’s being hit the most. The Greek Government has repeatedly slashed the minimum wage for this group. The country has been the focus of the European Debt Crisis in the media. Protests and riots have happened across the country. People have attempted to highlight the government’s actions. As these riots and protests continue, tourism has declined. This has become a vicious circle. The country needs visitors to bring money into the country to create employment, but visitors won’t come while the country is in turmoil.
The country of Spain includes a land mass in Europe and several islands. Although the country is ranked high for many things, employment is not one of them. The unemployment rate in Spain has risen over the last few years. Employment has risen slightly in 2015. In the beginning of the year, it was 23% and is now 22%. In 2013 it was at the highest of 27%. Spain once had a booming tourist industry and most the economy was supported by visitors. Spain suffered when the property bubble burst in 2008. There is now one in four people out of work in the country.
Croatia is found on the edge of Eastern Europe and has over a thousand islands. The diversity of the area has lead to a large tourist industry. This industry did account for 20% of the country’s income. The country is mainly unpolluted and has around 116 Blue Flag beaches. In 2013 the country joined the European Union but troubles began before this. The war in 1991 damaged the economy and the government has had problems recovering. The tourist industry continues to grow but legal troubles have taken most of the money. Until these problems are fixed, the country will not be able to put money into employment.
Italy has many different areas and ways that represent what it is to be Italian. Milan is known as the fashion capital of the world. Art has developed here since the Resonance. The economy is one of the largest in Europe but unemployment is still high. The situation is not the same across the country. People who might find work in the north of the country might not find work in the south. College graduates have found it very difficult to find work and many have left the country. The government has been accused of being corrupt and not helping the people.
The island of Cyprus is found in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is divided between Greece and Turkey. The cost of living is very low in Cyprus which attracts people from around the world. The employment sector has struggled to recover from the recession. In recent months the country has seen a new lease of life in the employment sector. Tourism in Ayia Napa can attract thousands of visitors every year. This provides the country with plenty of work during the year. But for professionals, there has been little improvement. In order to work, many are taking jobs in bars rather than their professionally qualified to do.
Portugal has had a difficult history. Over the centuries the country has been fought over and changed hands many times. It is the most western point in Europe and has a large fishing industry. The government is heavily in debt after the recession. The country received 78 billion Euro bailout in 2007. Since 2008 the unemployment has risen to 18%. Many young professionals had found themselves without jobs and they have left the country. The country’s tourism sector is one of the largest in the world. The level of under 25’s out of work has started to slow down. The country is still experiencing mass layoffs in certain areas but is beginning to change.
This central European country has a beautiful landscape filled with castles. The country has one of the fastest economies in Europe but is suffering from mass unemployment. Slovakia joined the European Union in 2004 and the Eurozone in 2009. One of the big problems is the employment market is very small. Since the country joined the European Union, many young people left the country for Britain to find work. People who have found work in Slovakia are faced with low wages and long working hours. Young people have been offered unpaid work placements to help the problem.