"Quitting school and moving out of their parents’ home prematurely is for most German kids and teen-agers, not a need but rather a first-world problem. A problem that may well be fuelled by the sheer variety of possibilities for the youngsters. An endless array of options, in education, career and love, can be as overwhelming as it can be inspiring. As a result, major life decisions are postponed further and further."
"This generation has better access to global information, a longer life span and many choices to travel and explore. They still realise how lucky they are. Many young people have seen their parents sitting in bars looking sad all their lives. A large proportion of them seem to have decided not to go out like that." By Robin Maddock
"Many young people say that the crisis is far from over. It has just changed its pace. Many want to explore, be creative and work within the arts. But can you still live the life of your dreams in Iceland? The workers at the fish factories are mostly guest workers from places like Thailand or Poland. Growing up during an economic crisis, young people have difficulties finding their place."
"Greece’s youth has been hit hard by the economic crisis. An unprecedented level of youth unemployment, emigration and disaffection has earned the current cohort an unenviable label: a lost generation. Scores of young people are disappointed, angry, or, even worse, apathetic."
"August 2012: The car ferry glided smoothly over a choppy Irish Sea towards Dublin Port. I stood on deck talking about Project Sea Change with some Irish passengers. One of them, laughing, said, 'well if you want to photograph young people you’d better work fast, ‘cause at the rate they’re leaving the country there soon won’t be any left.'"
"I asked Anna, a tall girl full of ancient grace, long, blonde, plaited hair, energy of mythic proport-ions, about the spirit of Latvian youth. What made the young boys and girls here different? I could feel it but not formulate it. 'All the young people who are looking for money are leaving Latvia to go to London, Paris, Berlin. The ones who stay have a special bond to our country. We are its soul. For us, friendship, nature and a simple life are more important than money.'"
"Malta is a place where young people generally don’t leave home until they are married, where there is respect for tradition and religion and where obesity rates, numbers of immigrants, illegal hunting and levels of binge drinking are amongst the highest worldwide."
"I was struck by the energy and ambition of people I met. What they are deprived of are the opportunities. Sometimes it can be very hard not to be overwhelmed by the odds. It is perhaps this desperation that would drive some people to jail. When you are inside, you are at least taken care of. You get a bed, a meal, and some security."
"In a time where the conservative right dominates the political climate, the chances are that many of the summer camp attendees will hold important positions in the future. These kids do not seem intimidated by the thought of being in charge. But are there any school drop-outs amongst the white tents, to tell the others about where it all went wrong?"
"You can recognise an older Pole in any part of the world. The faces of the Communist generation express inherent pessimism and fear of the unknown. Today’s young people already know what they want from life in their teens. They are not afraid of the world, they believe in themselves, experimenting with different life scenarios without regret."
"I came to realise that youth is the same anywhere – there is no defining idea behind this notion, it’s just a particular time of life. I also concluded that there was nothing distinguishing about youth in Romania, just as there is nothing distinguishing about youth anywhere else in the world."
"Despite the ever-rising emigration figures, many young people in Portugal either do not have the opportunity to leave the country or actively want to stay there, creating their own businesses and finding new opportunities. There is a growing swell of young people adopting traditional careers such as crafts, singing Fado, bullfighting and even breeding donkeys."