Tough love for Spanish ‘Ninis’ as parents rally against freeloading sons and daughters

Spanish parents have won the right to stop paying maintenance to work-shy children

SPANISH parents appear to be mounting a fightback against the ‘parasite children,’ after a series of court rulings have set a precedent that dictates that they no longer have to pay for young adults known as the ‘nini’ generation.

The moniker is derived from the phrase “ni estudia ni trabaja”, which means neither studying nor working, referring to young adults who continue sponging off their parents well into their twenties or even thirties, since under current Spanish law they are not entitled to benefits unless they have previously been in work for at least six months.

This bankrolling of indolent offspring has increased exponentially during the last eight years, with the ongoing recession leading to rampant youth unemployment, but in many cases this simply presents them with an ideal excuse to live off their parents without making any efforts to be independent.

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A whopping eight per cent of Spaniards under the age of thirty still live with their parents, and are apparently happy to do so, as youth unemployment continues to sit above forty-five per cent, the second highest in Europe.

There may be a shake-up on the cards, however, as several divorced parents have just won the legal right to cease maintenance of their passive progeny.

In one case, the court of Pontevedra, Galicia, has upheld a divorced dad’s case to stop giving money to his 24-year-old son, who has worked a total of forty days since leaving school in 2009, with the judge ruling that the young man is completely healthy and old enough to support himself, and calling him ‘listless’ as the verdict was delivered.

Meanwhile, in Cataluña, a single father won the right to provide a reduced monthly allowance for his 18-year-old boy who “did nothing to help his mother and only did occasional jobs so he could finance his whims,” making “no attempts to finish his studies or find work.”

In another case, the court criticised the ‘opportunistic’ strategy of a youngster who, after learning that his father was seeking to stop paying for him, enrolled in a course he had no intention of attending in order to make it appear that he was studying.


  1. i agree with Maureen only thing is in the uk the social help them to get money and a place to live so their parents kick them out asap with no come back


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