"Ni-ni" ordered to quit home

Spanish judge orders 25-yr old man to 'leave home and get a job'
The man from Andalusia in the south of Spain had taken his parents to court demanding a monthly allowance of 400 euros (£355) after they refused to give him anymore money unless he tried to find a job.

Instead the judge at family court number five in Malaga, ruled against the man, who has a degree in law, and told him he must leave his parents' house within 30 days and learn to stand on his own two feet.

The ruling will send shock waves across Spain where it is not unusual for offspring to remain living with their parents until well into their thirties.

The man, who has not been named, exemplifies a generation dubbed "ni-ni" – as they are neither working nor studying – at a time when Spain has more than 20 per cent unemployment.

Spain's youth unemployment is the highest in the EU at 43 per cent, more than double the average.

One in five of those under the age of 30 are still looking for their first job, and almost half are on short-term contracts of less than six months.

The judge ruled that in this case the man had "sufficient ability to work" and could not expect his parents to support him, although they had taken over the monthly repayments on his car.

He did, however, order them to pay their son 200 euros a month for the next two years "to help with his emancipation".

Last summer a student from Lugo in the northwestern region of Galicia sued his parents for 800 euros a month claiming his 600 euros allowance was insufficient. The case was rejected.

In 2007, a 22-year-old from Seville took his parents to court after they refused to up an allowance of 150 euros a month despite the father being out of work and only receiving unemployment benefit of 700 euros a month.

That judge also ruled against the plaintiff but ordered the parents to pay his university tuition fees and provide an extra 150 euros a month for books.

Source: Daily Telegraph

What is your opinion on this ruling?


Montse said…
Hi, Graham.

Unfortunately this situation is more and more usual in Spain. I suppose it is due to the currently way of life. We are bringing up self-centred and selfish children who prefer the safety and comfort of home to try to live by themselves.

Anyway, it’s sad that a judge has to take part in a situation like that.
Graham said…
Hi Montse.

I think that the Spanish aren't brave enough to cut the apron strings sooner. They are often unwilling to leave the nest because they like to be looked after by mammy.

I suppose it is due to the CURRENT way of life / THE WAY OF LIFE NOWADAYS. We are bringing up self-centred and selfish children who prefer the safety and comfort of home RATHER THAN try to live by themselves.