More than 100,000 young Catalans are not working or studying, according to the Consell de la Joventut de Barcelona (CJB), which heads 90 youth organisations in the city.

Unemployment in the 16 to 24 age group has jumped almost 90 per cent between 2008 and 2009 and 89 per cent of boys of this age in employment are only on temporary contracts.

CJB has labelled the situation a crisis, citing lack of opportunities and the cancellation of vocational education programmes as a primary reason for the sharp rise in the number of unemployed youths.