After nearly a decade of financial crisis, Greece has stopped dreaming

“We don’t desire. We are good, we continue our lives, we realize that we don’t reside in extreme poverty. But if you need to understand a second terminology, if you want to accomplish something for yourself, improving your expertise, you can’t or you are extremely limited,” Eva Pavlopoulo, a 29-year-old scholar, informed CNBC in the tourist-friendly area of Plaka in central Athens.

Pavlopoulo is currently studying on her behalf second masters degree, hoping it will increase the likelihood of being employed in the sustainable environment sector. She recently got employment offer with a monthly salary of just one 1,000 euros ($1,178). Although she will accept, Pavlopoulo will need to continue living with her parents.

Unemployment, and youth unemployment specifically, stay one of the biggest struggles in Greece. In 2016, 47.3 percent of the Greek population aged below 25 was unemployed. That’s almost half of the populace and more than two times the average amount over the euro zone.

The main one wish that teacher Stathis Nikitopoulos, 38, has for 2018 is for his friends and family, who work in the private sector, to worry less about potentially losing their jobs.

“I do the job in the general public sector and I believe I can feel safe about my job, because the previous government has already slash positions in the general public sector,” Nikitopoulos, who teaches physical education, told CNBC. “However in the individual sector it really is different. Most of my relatives and buddies work in the individual sector and their salaries don’t rise and unemployment is approximately 20, 25 percent.”

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