Due to the high unemployment rate in Spain a lot of highly educated young Spaniards are drawn to Germany- the country of skills shortage.
Officials in Madrid expect a run among young and educated Spanish people to study the German language. More and more young Spaniards are saying ‘Adiós España’ in order to escape their home country, which was struck hard by the economic crisis.
Since it was announced in Spain that Germanys economy is growing fast and is therefore in need of high skilled workers, such as engineers, information scientist, doctors, as well as hotel and tourism experts, tens of thousands of young Spanish people are considering moving to Germany.
This was caused by a campaign, titled ‘In Deutschland arbeiten’ (English: Working in Germany) of the German employment agency in cooperation with the Spanish employment agency. The campaign however, was more successful than anticipated, German language institutes in Spain are overcrowded ( Spaniards need to have at least a B1 level of the German language before their applications may be considered).
This should not be too surprising, as the Spanish unemployment rate is higher than 20%, which makes it since the year 1997 the highest within the European Union. Among young people up to the age of 25, even 42% are unemployed. The majority of university graduate students end up in unemployment or low level jobs.