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Spanish and Portuguese Jobseekers The 'Lost Generation' Returns Home

During the economic crisis, countless young people, especially well-educated ones, left Spain and Portugal. Now a growing number of them are returning -- even if they have to make some sacrifices in the process.
Tiago Loureiro, 36, returned to Portugal from Northern Ireland.

Tiago Loureiro, 36, returned to Portugal from Northern Ireland.

Bruno Colaco
Raúl Gil, co-founder of Volvemos, himself moved to Germany during the economic crisis.

Raúl Gil, co-founder of Volvemos, himself moved to Germany during the economic crisis.

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Irene Sánchez, 26, found work at Daimler in Germany before returning to Madrid.

Irene Sánchez, 26, found work at Daimler in Germany before returning to Madrid.

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Tiago Loureiro in the entryway of his apartment, which costs only 360 euros per month

Tiago Loureiro in the entryway of his apartment, which costs only 360 euros per month

Bruno Colaco
Back in Madrid, Irene Sánchez says, "I now have a happy moment every day."

Back in Madrid, Irene Sánchez says, "I now have a happy moment every day."

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This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.