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South Africa Attracts Unemployed Greeks

The Greek debt crisis is forcing its young people to search for better life prospects outside the country. South Africa is a new land for those troubled Greeks, where applications filed by Greek unemployed people are piling up day by day.

CNN made a report on the case of Greek teacher Julie Koukliati working at a private school in South Africa, where she is teaching the Greek language to the children of the Greek migrants there.

Full of optimism and despite the cuts in her salary from the Greek government for her teaching abroad, Koukliati told CNN: “You only hear bad things about Europe and Greece but people there still have hope. They are still falling in love, going on vacation, they are getting on with their lives.”

More and more people begin expressing their interest in travelling overseas to make ends meet while Greece is suffering from the fifth consecutive year of recession.

In South Africa, the Greek Community includes up to 50,000 people, according to the Consulate General of Greece in Johannesburg.

According to the CNN report, community organizations are receiving more job applications from electricians and artists desperate to escape the tough economic conditions in Greece, which could boost the declining numbers of the Greek population in South Africa since 2004.

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