Many young educated Egyptians face difficulties locating secure employment that matches their skill levels and provides a solid foundation for marriage. This column argues that current initiatives intended to tackle the problem are promoting a false sense of hope to youth who become stuck in cycles of precarious work. Policy-makers should instead focus on addressing chronic shortages of secure white-collar work, as well as inequalities in access to capital, education and social connections.
Harry PettitDepartment of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of the West of England
Harry Pettit is a lecturer specialising in social and cultural geography in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of the West of England. His PhD, entitled '"Without hope we would die": class, affect, and meritocracy in Egypt', focuses on the emotional experience of class immobility among young lower-middle class men in contemporary Egypt.