A number of people attended a promotional meeting organized by EURES (European Employment Services) at the facilities of the Directorate of Labor in Reykjavík yesterday to look into opportunities of employment overseas.
Most attendees were young men who had recently lost their jobs, although women were also in attendance, Morgunbladid reports.
“We received resignations as birth presents,” said a young woman (who would not be named), who had brought her newborn baby to the meeting. She and her husband have three children; he is a mechanic and she is a professional driver and used to drive a trailer. They both lost their jobs two months ago and received letters of resignations around the time when their baby was born.
“We have looked relentlessly for jobs but nothing is to be had,” the woman said, adding that their dream is to move to Norway. Her husband recently applied for a job at five work places there. “We don’t see our future here, at least not […] until after four or five years. Then we might come back.”
Currently almost 7,000 people are unemployed in Iceland.
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