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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Global Nicknames for Youth Unemployment

Unemployment, especially when it is prolonged tends to affect all demographics of society- all races, ethnicities, genders and so on. Where it tends to be most noticeable is when it affects different age groups.  And currently, the global unemployment situation is affecting young people at staggering rates- so much so that the media has adopted various nicknames for the disenfranchised youth of different countries.

Here's a nickname primer:

"Boomerang" Kids - Young people in the US who can't find meaningful work and end up moving back with their parents after finishing college

Hittistes - French-Arabic slang term for those who lean against the wall.  Is used to refer to the young people in Tunisia who helped bring down a dictator.

Shabab Atileen - Egypt's term for 'unemployed youths'

NEET - What unemployed youth are referred to in Britain; stands for "not in education, employment, or training."

Freeters - Term used in Japan;  an amalgam of the English word freelance and the German word Arbeiter, or worker.

Mileuristas - Term used in Spain, meaning those who are able to earn no more than 1,000 euros a month.

"Ant Tribe" -  recent college graduates in China who crowd together in cheap flats on the fringes of big cities because they can't find well-paying work.

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