With the number of old age people growing at an alarming rate in Italy a call for manpower has been raised and aimed at young Iranians, reported IRNA. Italy is short of young people to fill an increasing number of jobs, whereas Iran is short of jobs for its populous younger generations.
The opportunity has been given to Iran to meet ten percent of the needed manpower, or 20,000 jobs. Such a boost would help the Iranian government save face in light of the recent poor economic performance in creating employment. Presently, Iran’s official unemployment rate stands at 13 percent.
In 2000, 13.855 million Italians will be above 60 years old, and expected to reach 17.744 million in 2025. Iran, for its part, must create 800,000 jobs a year to meet the demand for jobs, and so far this year has only created 40,000, with a maximum of 80,000 expected to be available by the end of the Iranian calendar year, March 20.
The Italian industrial districts are in dire need of manpower; some 200,000 foreigners are needed to fill the gap. If those positions are not filled then the country might lose the production units and revenues along with them. Presently, some 400,000 children are employed in cafes, restaurants, construction sites, gas stations, and car park staff, or elsewhere when indeed they should be in school. — (Albawaba-MEBG)