Sara Rosa explains why she has come to live in Swindon leaving her home country to find a better life and a better future.
Since the implementation of the euro, there have been many twists and turns for the countries that use the single currency. The member states mainly affected with the Euro crisis are the ones that had a weak currency before the euro,
From my point of view the whole idea of creating a single currency for the member states of the Eurozone was excellent but it was a replica of the US dollar. The European Commission thought that by introducing the euro they could create a currency stronger than the dollar and overcome the power that the USA has on the world´s economy. However it seems to me that have been ineffective.
The weaker member states like Portugal, Greece and Republic of Ireland that managed to meet the financial requirements to be part of the euro zone had unstable economies in the first place. Those are the ones that are suffering the most right now.
In Portugal for example there have been bad and good governments, but they weren’t ready for the euro in the first place. After entering the Euro Zone everything became more expensive, the rich have become richer and the poor became poorer, while the middle class started to shrink.
When Passos Coelho became prime minister of Portugal in 2011 the economy of the country was almost destroyed, he tried without succeeding to make a change by saying that he wouldn’t reduce or frozen the wages of the government sector, by building more schools and improving the education, but he didn’t succeed. Pedro Passos Coelho had to ask for help to the European Union and now they are the ones that tell him what to do.
The tripartite committee led by the European Commission with the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, known as Troika, stepped in to organize the government by implementing austerity measures. In Portugal at the moment it is not the government that rules anymore, they have to follow the measures established by Troika and pass all the tests set by them. To help Portugal recover from this crisis Troika had to ask the government to reorganize the local governments, to reduce the costs in education, to reduce the management positions and administrative units in 15%, wages in the government sector frozen and so on.
These measures are transforming people’s lives, the unemployment is getting worse by the second, people find it very difficult to get a job and the ones that already have jobs struggle to keep them. Those people, mostly young adults, are trying to emigrate to find better futures.
I am one of those young adults that had to move out of their home country to find a better future. After taking a three year degree and finishing a Post-Graduation in Journalism I decided to come to England to work.
Most people don’t understand how hard it is to leave everything behind, your life as you know it, your friends and your family. We learn to start from scratch and that’s not as simple as it looks like. The family is the one that suffers the most, for example, my mom paid for all my studies to make me a better person and give me a better future and I had to leave her behind. But it’s not only the family, the country itself is losing everyday young enthusiastic people that could help the country get back on is feet, because the young people are the future.
I came to Swindon a year ago and I started to work straight away in a restaurant. After I left it I have continued to search for better positions and better opportunities always in the hope of eventually getting a job within my area of expertise – journalism.
I think Swindon is suffering with the recession but it also has potential to get better because of the industry and it’s geographical position.
The recession in the UK is nothing compared with Portugal, you can notice a little signs of the effects of the crisis such as unemployment, business closing, but nothing compared with the Portuguese situation.
Like I said in the beginning the single currency changed everything and the UK was really smart not changing to the euro and keeping the pound.