May 24 2019

No answers from Turkey’s Erdoğan for unemployed university graduate

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was caught short on Friday when an unemployed woman raised her plight at the opening of a mosque.

“There’s no work, honestly, we can’t find any work. I’ve graduated from two universities, but I can’t find a job”, the woman said.

Erdoğan first responded by saying there was no provision of early retirement in Turkey – a topic unrelated to the issue the woman raised – before asking the woman what her husband was doing.

“See that”, the president said when the woman responded that her husband was working.

In February, unemployment in Turkey climbed to 14.7 percent, the highest since March 2009.

At just 34.1 percent, women’s labour participation is among the lowest among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.

With Turkey’s economy in recession since late last year, unemployment is likely to remain a problem for the country.