A homeless man in Greece’s capital Athens (file photo).
Austerity measures imposed by Greece’s government have forced a shocking number of homeless people to live in mountain caves.
Reports say that the Greek government™s austerity measures as well as the protracted economic crisis in the European country forced homeless people to live in caves in the mountains of Attica located north of the capital Athens.
œI found food from the rubbish at the market today as do entire families. I am not the first or last to live like this,” a homeless woman living in a cave in the region said.
Another one said, œIn a cave you™re sheltered from the cold. It™s better than living on a bench or on the street, but it™s still a miserable side of life.”
Meanwhile, official figures showed that the unemployment rate in Greece jumped to 27.6 percent in July from a revised 27.5 percent in June.
Greece™s statistics service ELSTAT said on October 10 that 1.36 million people were unemployed in July, up ten percent from a year earlier.
The country™s jobless rate was over twice the eurozone™s average of 12 percent in August.
The Greek government expects some growth in the job market in 2014. However, Athens forecasts unemployment to stay high even then, at an average 26 percent.
Greece was severely hit by recession in 2008 due to fiscal mismanagement resulting in tax rises and spending cuts.
The country has witnessed three years of austerity policies imposed by the government in a bid to win bailout loans from international creditors, including the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission.
Nearly one in every four Greek workers is unemployed; banks are in a shaky position, and pensions and salaries have been severely slashed.
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