Feature: young people leave Portugal for jobs

EPA/JOSE GOULAO

The statistics are alarming in Portugal: the INE pointed out that around 53,000 people emigrated from Portugal in 2012, and around 26,000 of these people moved to another country permanently.

Portugal has lost half a million young people, between the age of 15 and 29, in the last decade.


 "Securing a job in Portugal is extremely difficult," says Irina Cruz, 28, an unemployed nursery teacher. "There are so many people applying, and even if you do get a job the conditions are not so good. You have to work so many hours for a salary of just 600 euros (802 U.S. dollars) per month."

Irina is now considering leaving her home country.

"Working conditions here are simply not favorable to have a future here, even if I did manage to find a job," she told Xinhua in a recent...


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