From the website of the Austrian newspaper Der Standard comes this unusual article about young Spaniards migrating to Algeria in search of a better life.
Many thanks to Hermes for the translation:
Fleeing across the Mediterranean Sea: An upside-down world
There are no jobs to be offered by the Spanish employment offices, that’s why four young Spaniards tried to look for chances in Algeria.
During my daily reading of the Algerian press, I stumbled upon the following story. It deals with the “harragas”, the name given in Algeria to those young people who have no documentation and look for chances far from their home. But read it for yourself:
Spanish Harragas caught in Oran
Who would have thought?
This information has its importance and does not remain unnoticed, because it’s about harragas… Spanish harragas which were recently caught by the Algerian coast guard along the western coast.
The global economic crisis which has struck Spain and other European countries drove a group of four young Spaniards to look for a job in Africa. There’s nothing more common than trying to cross the sea in the opposite direction, as these young people have received no Algerian visas.
The Spanish harragas were intercepted in a boat as they tried to reach the coast of Algeria. The young people hoped to find jobs in Oran, where there are many Spanish firms. Our source says that these young Spaniards, who had previously lost their jobs after the firms for which they worked closed down, made an unsuccessful application for a visa in Algeria […] The detainees were sent back to their country of origin.