'I have three grown sons who are all unemployed and live at home'

Our Observer, Kamel Kaci, is a retired French teacher in the northern Algerian Kabylie region, where he lives in Bouzeguène, a town 170 kilometres (around 106 miles) east of the capital Algiers. Kaci lives primarily off of his pension, which totals 400 euros per month. To make ends meet, he occasionally writes articles about Bouzeguène for national newspapers. Even though Kaci has his own financial concerns, he says he worries the most about his children, who are unemployed.
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'I was your average civil servant, and now I am your average retiree'

I retired last year after having worked for 34 years, and I am very proud of my career. I rarely indulge myself, but I can at least feed my family. My children haven’t had the same luck.
'My sons are cooks, plumbers, IT specialists, machine operators. It’s day-by-day'
I have a daughter who is working in Canada, but my three sons, despite having degrees, are unemployed and live at home. So they all do odd jobs here and there. They are cooks, plumbers, IT specialists, or machine operators. It’s day-by-day. Kabylie’s youth is lost and only focusses on one thing: moving abroad.
'Thanks to my articles, some months I can earn an extra 40 euros'
Luckily, in addition to my pension, I write articles for Algerian newspapers. I’m paid 30 euros for a long article and 10 euros for shorter ones, which means some months I can earn an extra 40 or 50 euros.
'In total, we have six adults living at home, so I spend an extra 250 euros per month on groceries'
Counting my wife and my 86-year-old mother, who lives with us because she has nowhere else to go, we have six adults living at home. So I make a budget each month, and everything is calculated. I spend the most on food: 250 euros per month. In March, I went to France for 15 days. I paid 200 euros for my ticket, and a friend let me stay at their house. In the end, it took me a year to save for the vacation, and once I was there I spent very little.


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I'm impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a blog that's both educative and
entertaining, and without a doubt, you've hit the nail on the head. The issue is something not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I came across this during my search for something concerning this.

It's tighter everywhere

Seems like the budget is tight all around the board these days. Much less wealth for the middle class than there use to be. I don't know if it's because of rising populations or dwindling natural resources, but products have certainly gotten more expensive and wages have not increased to compensate. I run a small Pluming outfit and it's getting tougher and tougher to make a profit.

Tough Times

I sympathize with Mr. Kaci. Unfortunately, it is a growing problem gloabally.

There are too many very well educated people who are living in countries that can't provide the jobs that the education would warrant.

This is a problem in China where yearly there are over 6 million college graduates but relatively few get jobs in the field that they train for.

The same is somewhat true in U.S. There are too many liberal arts graduates who can't get jobs.

Too many often end up living with their parents. That is most unfortunately.

Nothing is going to change until more meaningful jobs are generated.

sons unemployed

This news item is about the simple fact - unwelcome as it may be - that the birth rate of many countrie sis now too high and there needds to be a birth rate reduction by enforced castration to restrict families to no more that two children or perhaps just one child as is done in China.
The government of Algeria has a duty to provide work, health services, eductaion and hosuing but it cannot do this when there is no chance of work to employ people to provide the taxes to provide the healtha dn social services.
The Algerian and all African and Middle eastern governmnets must start a birthrate reduction plan or else in twenty years there will be millions of beggars in every country.

Arab and African men must be sterilised immediately they have had one or two children.

They need edcuatinmg that sex after sterilisation is very good for the man and the woman.

Religious leaders who urge big families need to be punished.

sons unemployed

I have to disagree about enforcing castration on people to restict birth rate. No government in any country should have the right to do that to someone.There are other things that can be done to lower birth rate .Birth control pills for women is one,also if someone has more than the allowed amount they could fine them this is also done in china. Educating others about this especially young couples would also help. Punishing other will not solve the problem.Everyone needs to be made aware of the growing problem so it can be changed.

Think it otherwise..

Just read the news along with the comment underneath. It's true that the story is all about a common picture of developing or poor world. But I don't agree with the solution that is provided with the comment that curbing the birthrate would make the solution.
A country in general should look onto or sometimes find out its real resources- whether that is natural or human population. Population size is also a great resource for a nation, that has been proved in China and some other developing countries, where technological advancement is still far below the western standard. Germany doesn't have natural resources, but they have made their each single person a huge resource for development. Concept lies actually there- how you count yourself or what do the country feel matters to itself. And the very pragmatic thing is that west needs a huge people force for running their own economy, what China has also started to feel as well. If all those developing nations follow the same development theory as west did, where the world would get workforce; its human being, whom you can not produce in laboratory whenever you need it. The western world already has failed to increase their birthrate even after providing many alluring offers to women or families.

So far I do think, leaving aside even the overall world scenario, the only problem with those develping nations is to realize their people as resources and act like that, and corruption in state system along with the uneven unrealistic solution exerted by the foreign nations as part of their ultimate conspiracy.