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Chile Becomes A Prime Destination For Spain’s Underemployed “Mileuristas”

Op-Ed: The economic crisis in Spain is prompting many young professionals to seek better opportunities overseas. A popular destination for these so-called mileuristas – educated Spaniards who can’t earn more than 1,000 euros a month – is up-and-coming Chi

Santiago's bustling Plaza Italia (Ben Witte)
Santiago's bustling Plaza Italia (Ben Witte)
Lucy Krell*

SANTIAGO -- No doubt a sizable portion of the 586 work visas Chile issued last year to Spanish citizens went to people who qualify as mileuristas. The term is now used to describe young Spanish professionals who, despite having language skills and post-graduate degrees, can't find jobs in Spain paying more than 1,000 euros (mil euros) per month. As such, mileuristas can't afford things like cars or homes, let alone support a family.

The term was coined in 2005 by a then 27-year-old well-educated Catalonian woman who couldn't find gainful employment. Seven years later it is describes an entire generation of professionals who are struggling not only with a serious economic crisis, but also with a labor market over-saturated with qualified candidates. The situation is pushing some mileuristas to seek better conditions overseas, especially in Latin America. Naturally, some of these new immigrants are landing in Chile, home to one of the world's emerging economies.

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Geopolitics

Has Lebanese Politics Finally Freed Itself Of Iran's Influence?

Lebanon's recent elections have shrunk the legislative block led by national power-brokers Hezbollah. But will a precarious new majority be able to rid the government of the long shadow of Tehran?

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Ahmad Ra'fat

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The results of parliamentary elections in Lebanon, have put an end to the majority block led by Hezbollah, the paramilitary group concocted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hezbollah and its Christian allies, the Free Patriotic Movement, led by President Michel Aoun, lost their 71 seats and will now have 62 (of a total 128 seats).

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