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Carolina Alguasil, the first milirist, is now a 44-year-old mother with a full-time job.

Latest NewsCarolina Alguasil, the first milirist, is now a 44-year-old mother with a full-time job.

In 2005, Carolina Algvasil, then a 27-year-old publicist, wrote a letter to this newspaper to express her dissatisfaction with the fact that she was tired of living in one apartment, earning 1,000 euros and living after graduation was not at all what she was promised. . The letter was titled “I am a milerist” and in it she explained that both she and her friends felt trapped in life due to insecurity, rising house prices and the salary they received, always around that 1,000 euros. In short, Caroline complained that she continued to live as a kind of “eternal student” without being one and not wanting to be one. The text caused a report in this newspaper. This report was followed by others, in many different media, including foreign ones, as well as in studies and books. The word and the concept made a fortune and got into the RAE. And Carolina, to her great regret, became the spokesman for a generation that for the first time thought that it could live no better than the previous one. Something was beginning to go wrong with young people in that Spain that had just entered the millennium, and the young publicist knew how to smell it.

However, Spain was growing at 3.5% at the time. That same year, unemployment fell to 8.9%, the best since 1978, and the housing bubble exploded happily, revolutionizing the economy and boosting employment and profits in the construction sector. Only a few specialists, branded with ashes and poop, pointed to some ugly clouds on the horizon. The rest is already known: the Great Recession of 2008 was followed by the Great Pandemic Lockdown. And to this, the war in Europe, which once again turned economic forecasts upside down.

What happened to Carolina in the meantime?

17 years after their first date, the protagonist of the report and the then-reporter cross paths again in a restaurant in Madrid. In 2005, she ordered a chickpea salad at a 30 year old tavern in Barcelona. Now both choose the menu of the day (salad and stew) at a place specializing in people who meet for work reasons. The inventor of the word “mileurista” is already a 44-year-old woman, married with a daughter and a permanent job in an advertising agency in Madrid. Two years after she sent the letter, she left the apartment she shared with friends and moved with her boyfriend, now husband, to another apartment in Barcelona. Later they moved to Cordoba. The storm of the 2008 crisis led to the fact that in 2013 both lost their jobs almost simultaneously. Carolina recovered quickly, but already in Madrid. Her husband, an engineer, followed her. It took several more months to find a job. In 2015, ten years after appearing in the first report, they had a daughter. They laid out a house near Madrid-Rio, a modern, pleasant and appreciated area of ​​the capital. She earns 1900 euros. He is 1500. They do not save, but they do not complain either. “We are doing well,” he concludes.

The Carolina Generation, those born in the mid-seventies, the last of the so-called baby boom, escaped, albeit bruised, successive waves of economic crises. When they hit, they had already entered the world of work. In 2005, the unemployment rate for those under 25 was around 20%. Now it scales to over 45%. When Carolina sent a letter complaining about living in a shared apartment, the proportion of young people aged 20 to 29 living with their parents was 70%. Now it exceeds 77% and continues to grow.

Carolina Alguacil, third from left, with her roommates in 2005 BAPTIST CONSOLE

He thoroughly knows all sides of the coin.


“What I see now, in terms of years,” says Carolina, “is that we, even then, were the first to understand that if you study, you will do well, that you will progress in order increasing because it wasn’t true. Not at all. The difference is that modern people, the youngest, were born with this, they have always developed in a crisis. Both in school and in the world of work. They come out of the crisis.” She wonders if it’s better or worse. And he does not have a clear answer: “On the one hand, it’s worse, of course. Always live like this… Buff. But on the other hand, they are more enduring, more created for this. However, she thinks of herself and her colleagues and adds, “I’m already a veteran in my agency, old lady (what’s up). And my junior colleagues on scholarships, with extended contracts, earn little and live in Madrid, dear city. And he adds: “I see them more humble. What for us was a shock, a surprise, for them something supposed, and here they are, a corn.

After the reports of the mileuristas, in fact, the reports of the nimileuristas, that is, the young people who sought to win the 1000 euros that Carolina refused, were made. The amount, truly symbolic, became in February last year the new Interprofessional Minimum Wage (SMI) ceiling. In 2005, it did not reach 600 euros. Karolina is not convinced that new milevists are entering the SMI, because she still does not believe that 1000 euros is a decent salary for any person. Not then, not now. “It says a lot about how things are in the country compared to other countries in Europe.” When he compares his father’s pension of more than 2,500 euros to his own salary at what is considered the most productive stage of his working life, he fires like when he was 27 years old. “And I think my father deserves a full pension, mind you. The thing is, we…”

There’s one thing that he thinks unites his generation with the new ones – separating them from their parents – is a grim outlook on the future: “My parents wore new shoes, so to speak, there were a lot of things to build and do, they built the house they wanted. Nothing could go wrong. And now, no matter how positively we think and although we have not written anything, we know that it will not be better. There is an environment, global warming, an economy that is doomed to decline, and every man for himself. The uncertainty I had when I sent the letter to the newspaper has been left for generations to come. For example, for my daughter. So today I will send the same letter again.”

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