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Yes, it's hard to construct a view that takes the real situation into account, since the stats that are officially sanctioned are gross and insensitive to social reality, so underestimate the real problems people face.

And the group that is subject to the most misunderstanding/media manipulation is the 15-24 group - as you say, probably the biggest real problems are in the older part of the group (the younger part being mostly in fulltime education).

As you'll have understood, my point is to denounce external media distortions used in the service of a xenophobic narrative: "the young are out of work while the old are lolling around at society's cost" - neither term of which is as true as Spiegel's false facts make out.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat May 21st, 2011 at 07:43:15 AM EST
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