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Exercise 1. Discuss the following questions with your partner, your group, or your class.

1. Which age groups are worst affected by unemployment in your country?


2. Do you know people who have recently lost their jobs? How do they get by?
3. Do people leave your country to find work in other countries? Where do they go? What sort of jobs do they
get?
4. Are there many immigrant workers in your country? What sort of jobs do they do?
5. Do you know what the expression run for the hills means?

Exercise 2. Read the article and fill in the missing information in the table below.

Name Age Previous Job / Studies Present Job Moved from Moved to
Giannis Pantoulis
Evi Papadimitriou
Evgenia Tsakili

Exercise 3. Answer the following questions from the text.


1. How do the Greeks feel about their governments efforts to reduce the countrys debt?

2. The financial crisis could also have a positive effect according to Evi Papadimitriou. What is that?

3. What countries or regions are many young Greeks now trying to emigrate to?

4. When was the last time a large number of Greeks left their country? What kind of jobs did they mostly do
abroad?

5. How many Greeks posted their resumes with Europass last September?

6. What types of professionals are most in demand by the United Kingdom and Germany?

Exercise 4. Match the underlined words in the text with the definitions below and solve
the crossword.
Across
3. to give someone too much to deal with at one time (v)
5. to leave your country in order to live in another country (v)
8. not happening often or regularly (adj)
9. making money (adj)
10. a short document describing your education, previous
jobs, etc., that you give an employer when you are
applying for a job (n)

Down
1. not true or real (adj)
2. to persuade someone to do something or go somewhere
by offering them something exciting (v)
3. someone whose job is to buy and sell shares in
companies for other people (n)
4. the act of saving or rescuing something (such as a
business) from money problems (n)
6. to increase faster and faster (v)
7. to change the direction of something to its opposite (v)

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Stockbroker Giannis Pantoulis never Dimitris Michaelidis from the Young agencies with resumes of mainly
imagined himself crouching in the Farmers Association of Greece. "We young people from all over Europe,
dirt tending to grapevines in a small are having a hard time keeping up 13,300 Greeks sent in their resumes
town in central Greece. But that, he with all the requests for information in September, compared to 2,200 the
says, was before the financial crisis from people asking about what crops same month in 2008. More than 63
caused unemployment to spiral and grow the best in a given area," he per cent where under the age of 30.
major cities such as Athens to said.
descend into chaos with daily "I could not get a job here and I just
protests and increased violence. "I Evi Papadimitriou, 30, is among the do not see things getting any better
could foresee that the massive estimated 60,000 Greeks who have for several more years to come," said
bubble of fake growth, prosperity joined the farming community in the biologist Evgenia Tsakili, 27, who
and wealth would one day burst and I past two years, reversing the trend found work as a laboratory
wanted to get out before it of migration to the cities. researcher on the eastern
happened," said Pantoulis, 40. Two Papadimitriou struggled to make Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
years ago, he packed his wife, their ends meet after studying marketing
two children and all their possessions in Athens, working at odd jobs An October seminar on Australia's
into a truck and made the 50- unrelated to her field, before migration policy and visa procedures
kilometre trip from the northern port deciding to return to her parent's organized by its embassy in Athens
city of Thessaloniki to Katerini. town of Arta, in north-western caused its website to be backlogged
Looking down at his wine-stained Greece, to start her own snail farm with thousands of applications.
hands, Pantoulis admits the journey business. "I could no longer afford to
has not been easy and the business stay in Athens ... so I took the risk if In Frankfurt, officials at the World
will take years to become profitable. I make just enough to cover what I Council of Hellenes Abroad, a group
But he does not regret the move. need to live on I will be happy," said that represents and assists the Greek
"Initially everyone thought I was Papadimitriou. She believes the diaspora, said they have been
crazy to move back to my father's economic crisis may turn out to be a swamped with requests for
town and take up winemaking, but good thing as more and more young information on employment in
now they too are seeing that the big people will be forced to move to the Germany. "Every day we get calls, the
cities have nothing to offer," said countryside, bringing abandoned majority of which are young
Pantoulis. "Our politicians have failed villages and towns back to life. professional people between 30-35
us," he said. "I am not the only one years old who are unemployed,
who has had enough -- others are Many educated, young Greeks are seeking our advice and help about
also looking to leave." Pantoulis is now also seeking to emigrate to the working in Germany," Giorgos
part of a growing number of Greeks United States, Australia, other parts Amarantidis from the council said in
returning to their ancestral villages toof the Europe or the Middle East. a phone interview. He estimates that
take up farming, as the country More than five decades ago, 4,000 people have emigrated to
struggles with its most serious hundreds of thousands of poor Germany in the last three months,
economic crisis since World War II. farmers and blue-collar workers left the majority without finding work.
Greece to seek a better life abroad, "Greek doctors are being lured to the
The government's efforts to reduce most of them working in factories or United Kingdom and Germany is
Greece's massive debt and qualify for restaurants. asking for technical professionals
international bailout loans have been such as engineers," said Amarantidis,
met with anger and disappointment During the prosperous 1980s and who emigrated to Germany in the
as Greeks endure cuts to salaries, 1990s, a large number opted to mid-1980s. "Young Greek people are
pensions and benefits amid rising return. Others were lured back by coming here terrorized by the state
costs. Greece's economic success after that Greece is in and for their
joining the euro and jobs opening up future," he said. "They tell us that
"As more and more people lose their as Athens prepared to host the 2004 they have no trust in the country's
jobs they are looking for a stable line Olympic Games. system and that they will not go
of work and cheaper lifestyle ... back."
something which will put food on the According to Europass, which
table, and farming offers this," said provides employers and employment ATHENS, Oct 31, 2011

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ANSWER KEY
Exercise 1. Discuss the following questions with your partner, your group, or your class.

1. Which age groups are worst affected by unemployment in your country?


2. Do you know people who have recently lost their jobs? How do they get by?
3. Do people leave your country to find work in other countries? Where do they go? What sort of jobs do they
get?
4. Are there many immigrant workers in your country? What sort of jobs do they do?
5. Do you know what the expression run for the hills means?

Exercise 2. Read the article and fill in the missing information in the table below.

Name Age Previous Job / Studies Present Job Moved from Moved to
Giannis Pantoulis 40 stockbroker winemaking business Thessaloniki Katerini
Evi Papadimitriou 30 marketing snail farm business Athens Arta
Evgenia Tsakili 27 biologist laboratory researcher - Cyprus

Exercise 3. Answer the following questions from the text.


1. How do the Greeks feel about their governments efforts to reduce the countrys debt?
They feel angry and disappointed as they endure cuts to salaries, pensions and benefits amid rising costs.
2. The financial crisis could also have a positive effect according to Evi Papadimitriou. What is that?
More and more young people will be forced to move to the countryside, bringing abandoned villages and
towns back to life.
3. What countries or regions are many young Greeks now trying to emigrate to?
The United States, Australia, other parts of the Europe (such as the UK, Germany) or the Middle East.
4. When was the last time a large number of Greeks left their country? What kind of jobs did they mostly do
abroad?
More than five decades ago. They mostly worked in factories or restaurants.
5. How many Greeks posted their resumes with Europass last September?
13,300
6. What types of professionals are most in demand by the United Kingdom and Germany?
Doctors and technical professionals such as engineers.

Exercise 4. Match the underlined words in the text with the definitions below and solve
the crossword.
Across 1 2
F L
3. to give someone too much to deal with at one time (v) 3
5. to leave your country in order to live in another country (v) S W A M P U
8. not happening often or regularly (adj) 4

9. making money (adj)


T K B R
5
10. a short document describing your education, previous O E M I G R A T E
jobs, etc., that you give an employer when you are
applying for a job (n) C I
6 7
K S L R
Down 8

1. not true or real (adj) B P O D D E


2. to persuade someone to do something or go somewhere R I U V
by offering them something exciting (v) 9
3. someone whose job is to buy and sell shares in O P R O F I T A B L E
companies for other people (n)
4. the act of saving or rescuing something (such as a
K A R
business) from money problems (n) E L S
6. to increase faster and faster (v) 10

7. to change the direction of something to its opposite (v) R R E S U M E


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