SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Nov. 13 (EUROPA PRESS) –
15.8% of the young population, between 16 and 29 years old, is emancipated in the Canary Islands, where access to housing alone for a young person means spending, on average, 99.4% of their net salary, according to the data from the Emancipation Observatory for the second half of 2022 for the Canary Islands, a report coordinated by the Spanish Youth Council.
The presentation was attended by the vice president of the Spanish Youth Council, Juan Antonio Báez, and the president of the Canary Islands Youth Council, Brenda Rivero, who recognized the need to continue working on young people’s access to housing.
The vice president of the Youth Council of Spain, Juan Antonio Báez, pointed out that our country has a problem regarding the policy of access to housing, since this has been used “as a throwing weapon.”
Juan Antonio Báez warned that young people are at the bottom of unemployment, with a high level of involuntary partial contracts. Furthermore, he acknowledged that the labor reform has left a positive reading regarding youth employment data and the increase in the Minimum Interprofessional Wage.
However, he stressed that, despite the fact that these policies have made progress in the socioeconomic problem, “rents continue to rise above salaries.”
In the presentation, the Spanish Youth Council warned that access to the labor market for young people continues to be a pending task, since the unemployment rate stands at 22.2% compared to 12.9% in the rest of age groups.
For her part, the president of the Canary Islands Youth Council, Brenda Rivero, highlighted that the emancipation data in the Canary Islands has increased, despite the fact that these are still below those of 2017, which is why she noted “we have a lot of work left to do.” to do in terms of youth emancipation”.
Rivero pointed out that the Observatory data shows that 44% of young people in the Canary Islands are at risk of poverty and social exclusion, only above Ceuta and Melilla at the national level, which is why he demanded more aid and more benefits to reverse the situation. .
On the other hand, he pointed out that “given how complicated access to rent is for young people, who spend on average 99.4% of their income, buying a home is a very unlikely option, since the access conditions are very restrictive, despite the fact that this would represent 64.5% of income.”
The president of the Youth Council also emphasized that three out of every ten young people do not meet the minimum needs, with an average salary in the young islands of 949.76 euros net per month, which would mean 11,397.16 euros net year.