It is something that many islanders have suspected for several years, and a recent report hardly comes as a surprise. There are now more people over the age of 64 living in the Canary Islands than youngsters.
According to the Adecco Foundation, there are now more pensioners over the age of 64 than young people, with figures showing that for every 100 16 years olds, there are 102 residents over the age of 64. Mind you, it could be much worse since the Asturias show a figure of 207 older people for every 100 16 years olds. The national average is 116 older people for every 100 16-year-olds.
In order to avoid major problems in the future, the Foundation urges action to employ more workers over 45-year-olds, as well as ending employment discrimination against women with families, as well as disabled people.
A further stark warning reveals that if the current trend continues in Spain, there will be about one person working for each unemployed person, which has severe implications for social welfare. The Foundation suggests a higher percentage of Spain’s GDP to be focussed upon families, policies to prevent age discrimination, as well as encouraging businesses to invest in older job seekers.