Spain's Lost Generation Looks Abroad

Educated for a robust economy, they’re taking their skills elsewhere
Artells took a post in Aix-en-Provence, 200 miles from her hometown in Catalonia Photograph by Cecile Mella for Bloomberg Businessweek

Ester Artells’s mother told her that if she worked hard she would go a long way. Growing up in Reus in northern Spain, Artells got the message: A good education would give her the career denied her mother in the straitened economy of General Francisco Franco’s regime. Now, Spain is in an economic slump as severe as anything experienced since the earliest days of Franco. Battered by the sovereign debt crisis, the government has cut deep into its spending—so deep that the economy likely will contract 1.3 percent this year.

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