Raila wants to give Kenyans 6k: See how Algeria is already doing it.

The total number of jobless people in Algeria is 4.4million. As a result, the program plans to increase the number of people receiving the benefits to include more jobless people.
The total number of jobless people in Algeria is 4.4million. As a result, the program plans to increase the number of people receiving the benefits to include more jobless people.

While unemployment among the youth continues to affect 25% of African youths, only Algeria has been able to create an unemployment benefits program. The OPEC member made this move to handle rising unrest amidst an increase in the oil income for the country.

The Unemployment Benefits Program

The program is open to about 580,000 young people between 19 to 40 years. The National Employment Agency announced they will collect 13,000 dinars ($91) monthly payments.

The total number of jobless people in Algeria is 4.4million. As a result, the program plans to increase the number of people receiving the benefits to include more jobless people. The state has been facing countless protests from restless citizens. Also, the step is in a bid for the ruling elite to show their concern for the rising unemployment cases.

Fatiha, a 25-year-old master’s graduate in biology, says she has been unemployed for five years with no income. She was lining up on monday at a post office in the Capital city of Algiers. “This payment is certainly very welcome, but I’d prefer to have a job with a good salary to help my family.” She concluded.

While unemployment among the youth continues to affect 25% of African youths, only Algeria has been able to create an unemployment benefits program

The recent battle between Russia and Ukraine has brought about new opportunities for the country’s oil sales. The 2014 oil market crush hit hard the former French colony. That has made the country struggle a lot to fund its budget. Also, the international reserves have from the International Monetary Fund have also been giving the nation trouble. Algeria will reach its critical borrowing levels by 2026.

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Number of Applicants

1 million people made applications for the youth unemployment fund. This is according to the Employment Agency. Some applications are still under assessment. The eligibility considerations include proof that they have been job seeking and have not signed any employment contracts. Also, they need to have not turned down two employment offers or be beneficiaries of another state benefit program. Married applicants also need to show that their partners are not employed.

Algerian Unemployment statistics

The United Nations Children’s Fund found that 26% of Algerian youths are jobless. Algerian economic advisory council co-authored the report. Yet, the national statistics show that 11% of Algerian youth are unemployed. Another source of concern from the report was that 91% of women were unemployed.

“This bonus is our right ! but not enough,” said Walid. Walid is a bricklayer who went to collect her benefits on Monday. “I have children and i am married, I would have liked it to be accompanied by health coverage.”

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