Benjamin Serra Bosch is a young man from Spain who holds three degrees, including a Master’s in Community Management. He cleans toilets in London.
Serra, 25, struck a chord with many young Spaniards last week through a Facebook post that went viral last week. He wrote how he ended up doing odd jobs in the United Kingdom because no one gave him an opportunity in Spain, despite his education.
Serra, a Valencia native, explained that mopping floors and washing dirty cups in a coffee shop was not an issue for him. What troubled him was the fact that his own country couldn’t offer him any employment opportunities. He added Spanish people were seen as a ‘plague’ in London.
“And make no mistake. Youth are not learning the language adventure and new experiences. We are IMMIGRANTS,” he wrote.
The ‘Lost Generation’ Of Spain
Serra’s post highlighted youth unemployment in Spain that reached a new high of 56.1% in August. The number of young Spaniards under the age of 25, also known as the ‘lost generation,’ went up 2% since June to 883,000, according to a newsreport.
Youth groups emerged such as the Student Movement of Madrid and its offshoot Juventud Sin Futuro (Youth without a Future) that protested against the “forced exile” of young people from Spain.
Bloomberg.com reported in January how bachelor’s and even doctorate degree holders from Spain were increasingly moving to the UK and ending up with odd jobs.
Spanish people are the fastest-growing group of foreign workers in the UK. According to The Guardian, one in four Spaniards is unemployed and one in two young people.
The Spanish Embassy in London told the British newspaper that they had 70,000 Spaniards registered with them in June 2012 but believed there could be five times as many working, studying or looking for a job.
In an interview to The Huffington Post Spain, Benjamin Serra Bosch urged Spanish politicians to address unemployment and wanted them ‘to get their act together because he was an example of what was happening to many young Spaniards.’
Is the Spanish government listening?