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Spanish people in Iceland

As everyone knows, in Spain we are living in a very difficult economic situation and there are a lot of young people considered “the lost generation” who are leaving Spain looking for a job. But this moment, when I´m abroad, is when I realize about this problem, because our situation is totally untenable. Young people trust in a better future in other countries.
Since I arrived in Iceland I met many Spanish people who have decided to come to Iceland to stay for a long time, to find a job, like volunteers or on Erasmus. Practically all of them with the intention to settle in this country.
Today I will talk you about Miriam, a 22 year old girl from Extremadura and biology student, who is doing her Erasmus here in Reykjavik. She will stay here to work.

Marta.- Miriam please, tell us in what point of your studies you are.
Miriam.- I am currently doing 4th degree course in biology. We are the first class to finish the course after the change in the degrees.

M.- What was your motivation to do your erasmus in Iceland?
Mi.- Iceland is very different to Spain, the weather, the schedules, how to work… They are really famous for research with fish because in Iceland they have a lot of facilities to get water and energy practically for free.

M.- Did you come with the intention to stay longer after you finish your studies?
Mi.- Not at all, I thought I would only stay for six months.

M.- You told me the biology faculty have an agreement with a research laboratory with fish. Can you explain what the job consist of?
Mi.- It is an export company of salmon roe to Chile and Norway, and they also spend a lot of money on research on the salmon.

M.- How long have you been working on it?
Mi.- Since January. I’m really happy with the job, also because the schedules are very flexible. The “normal” working days are from 9:00 to 17:00 but we can manage our schedules depending on the work we have every day. The lab is open 24 hours and each person has their own key. I spend almost all day there.

M.- The company has offered you a contract, how did that happen?
Mi.- The company needs people to research. They like the work I do and that I am committed to the research that is being done. They offered me a contract after I finish my Erasmus period in June.

M.- How did your family, boyfriend, etc, react when they knew you will stay here?
Mi.- They are all very happy for me, even my boyfriend, who wants to come here to looking for a job, but first he will finish his studies in Spain.

M.- Can you imagine yourself staying indefinitely in Iceland?
Mi.- Not really. I think this is a possibility but only for the job. Regarding to my family and friends I prefer to come back to Spain.

M.- Do you think that if you come back to Spain you will have a better or equal job to the one here?
Mi.- Absolutely NOT. Probably in the future, if I have a lot of experience and a master in my camp, it will increase my “value” like employees in Spain. The positions in research in Spain require many degrees.

M.- Miriam, thank you very much for your time and good luck with your job.

As a personal reflection, I want to add that if we don´t feel safe in our own country, to migrate is the only option we have. The bad decisions of a few force us to move away from our loved ones. Many may never return. Only when the day comes that a worker would feel safe, will Spain have our confidence again.
Good luck to all who take risks, this is the only way to win.



About Marta

Definirme es complicado, al menos para mí. Soy una pequeña palmera con muchas, muchas ganas de aprender. De vivir todo lo nuevo que se me ponga por delante, y de disfrutar mucho de la experiencia SVE en Islandia. Vamos!

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