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Facing rising unemployment, urban-dwelling Greeks are starting to relocate to the countryside. The move, encouraged by Greek government officials, is motivated by a search of economic opportunity in the crisis-ridden country.
Content: 1.5 million Greeks are considering leaving the concrete jungle for a life in the countryside, according to recent research by the Greek Agricultural Organization.
The Minister for Rural Development and Food says the move towards agriculture is sure to bring Greece closer to overcoming the financial crisis that continues to plague the country.
[Kostas Skandalidis, Minister of Rural Development and Food]:
“I believe that the agricultural production and foods sector will be most crucial for Greece in the coming decades, and the one that will get the country out of the crisis.”
The research also says that almost 50 percent of the 1.5 million Greeks seriously considering the move want to work as farmers and produce agricultural products.
Giannis and Athina left Athens and moved to an island to start a beekeeping business.
[Giannis Zarikos, Beekeeper on Andros Island]:
“You can gain many things from beekeeping. If you work hard you can achieve a good income and keep a steady job.”
Despite the difficulties, the couple enjoys this new way of life.
[Athina Taxtatzi, Beekeeper on Andros Island]:
“Of course it is worth all the difficulties that come along the way, difficulties that nobody has thought of. Because I believe this way you live more humanly and understand why you have come to this world.”
Unemployment in Greece is now over 21 percent and this is pushing people to the countryside in search of new business opportunities...