A Massive Global Crisis: 201 Million Can’t Find Work and Governments Aren’t Fixing It
It’s fueling a global immigration and economic crisis.
AlterNet, July 6, 2017
Twenty-five percent of Spain’s working age population is unemployed. Near three quarters of Spain’s young are unemployed. Four of five Spaniards between the ages of 16 and 29 live with their parents.
Recently, the World Bank released a report in Rabat (Morocco’s capital) about the unemployment situation in the country. The report provides evidence of the indifference of the intellectuals who staff such institutions as the World Bank. Moroccan youth, the World Bank analysts noted, should reduce their ambitions and take less paying jobs than they would expect. More than 28 percent of Moroccan youth wish to migrate.
Earlier this year, the International Labour Organisation released a report that showed the endless trends of increased unemployment. The number of unemployed globally will increase this year to total 201 million, an increase of 3.4 million unemployed people from last year. These are deflated numbers. They are merely an indication of reality.
The numbers of the working poor are set to increase even more dramatically, by five million people over the next two years. ILO reports that half of the workers in South Asia live in extreme or moderate poverty, while two thirds of the workers in Sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme or moderate poverty. These are the people with jobs. Having a job is not necessarily an indicator of being outside poverty.
Migration is one option for the desolate unemployed. Another is to enter the subterranean economies such as the production of drugs or the traffic of weapons and people. The Sahara Desert is illustrative of these choices. From Gao (Mali) to Agadez (Niger) upwards to Sabna (Libya) runs a circuit that absorbs young men into the jobs of traffickers who cart other young men and women along dangerous routes to futile destinations. These are all young people leading each other up into dead ends.
Battered trucks leave Gao for the Libyan coastline, taking a week to travel across dangerous terrain held by gunmen from rival gangs and al-Qaeda. One area of Gao is known as Cocainebougou, Cocaine Town, from where caravans of Colombian coke move across the desert. Employment is available here as gunmen, carters, drivers, sex workers. But dignity is absent. Hardness is in the faces.
Здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» нахваливают псевдодемократическую, якобы процветающую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских (государственных) партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец, неофашист и убийца Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР — ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США