NiNi (No Study, No Work)
I have recently been speaking to all my friends who have returned home to London after being at university. I listened to their struggles with the Job Centre, their parents, the shame of living at home again, the inability to find a stable job and the pain that comes with thinking about attaining a mortgage. We were labeled as the lost generation by the British media and lost we were.
Due to this critical national problem it has been reported that Germany has the best higher education to work system in Europe. This is due to their government investing in creating bridges between educational institutions and employers; they had a prolonged vision for their young people and it has paid off. As a result of this, the last few years we have seen a rise in British students moving to study there and stay abroad.
We also know that Spain is currently one of the worst nations in Europe to suffer from economical crisis and lack of employment opportunities. Youth unemployment rises to a crisis high in Spain and the struggle for a bright start in life becomes much harder than ever before. There are currently 35 million young people who neither work nor study and are known as ninis. This term is similar to what we call in Britain, the lost generation or the boomerang generation.
I went to Barcelona for a month in June and found four participants for the project. This is a series of images following the lives of graduates who are in their mid to late twenties, struggling to leave their parental home and gain employment or get further than just working a service job.
Meet sisters Valentina & Camilla, Adrian and Lina. (2015)