By @jasperjuinen Eighty years old grandmother Juana sits at her kitchen table in Villacañas, Spain. Angel junior and his sister Regina junior spent the majority of their time at their grandmothers house. With her welfare payment she brings in the majority of the money: four hundred euros per month. While their unemployed parents don’t have enough money she does have money for heating and for two meals a day for them. “Without my grand mother we would be living under a bridge”, Angel junior says. Within one generation, from the 80’s to 2006, the village in the arid plain under Madrid grew to a small bustling industry town. During these construction boom years the majority of the wooden doors used within these newly built developments in Spain were made in Villacañas. Approximately seven million doors a year employing a workforce of almost 5700 people in the many factories. Until the housing bubble burst and no one needed a new door. Villacañas is typical for many former buoyant industrial Spanish towns now struggling with huge unemployment problems. Villacañas is typical for many former buoyant industrial Spanish towns, continuing to struggle with high levels of long-term unemployment. Spain’s surprising economic recovery this year is failing to prevent a growing gap between rich and poor increasing the risk of social exclusion with these high levels of long-term unemployment. Inequality is set to be one of the main issues in this December 20 Spanish general elections. The new-coming opposition party Podemos claims that the growing poverty rates shows that the economic recovery fails to reach the many unemployed Spanish families. #spain #españa #spanje #madrid #unemployment #opensociety #opportunity #eu #europe #socialexclusion #jasperjuinen #brokendoors
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