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Dream small: Spanish youth eye low-cost life

Alex Dunham · 10 Oct 2014, 12:52

Published: 10 Oct 2014 12:52 GMT+02:00

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The “Youth and Social Values” report, put together by Spain’s Foundation against Drug Addiction (FAD), highlights how young Spaniards are aware of the uncertain and often unfair future they’ll face as they grow up.

“They’re unmotivated and don’t trust the system,” FAD’s technical director Eusebio Megías told online daily 20 minutos.

According to the study, this so-called ‘lost generation’ of Spaniards is eyeing a future within the realms of normality – degree, job, mortgage, family – with very few believing they can afford to “go their own way and explore new possibilities”.

They blame the mistakes of earlier generations of Spaniards for the uphill professional battles they now face and value honesty and hard work as a way of correcting Spain’s problems with corruption and unemployment.

The report also suggests young Spaniards are more politically active than before, seeing their participation in emerging grassroots movements as a means of changing the status quo.

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After nearly three years trailing Greece in the European Union's youth unemployment rankings, Spain is once again the country with the highest rate of under 25s without a job, accounting for a worrying quarter of all jobless youths in the Eurozone.

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