Mediterranean: Portraits of a Generation

Mediterranean: Portraits of a GenerationHere’s the first delivery of a vast series of investigations on “Mediterranean Youth” that will be published by Babelmed and its media partners throughout 2010.

These “Portraits of a generation” will enable us to get to be more familiar with the youngsters of these 11 countries of the two Mediterranean shores: Algeria, Egypt, France, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.

This first cycle of investigations will be followed by 3 other one dealing with the following themes:

“Young people facing their future. Immigration: a new ‘war’?"
This investigation will deal with the diverse realities of migration in the Mediterranean, to put the phenomenon of illegal immigration into perspective. We will also deal with the feminization of immigration (both legal and illegal). European immigration policies and also the policies of different States will be analysed.

“Young people facing their future. Being 20 years old in the rubble"
This theme will bring the occasion to approach the youth of three countries: Algeria, Lebanon and Palestine – who have recently experienced war or violent conflict situations. What are their experiences, their perceptions of the reasons behind war and the issues of peace? How to they apprehend the notions of reconstruction, memory and reconciliation?

“Cultural diversity in urban space”
This series of investigations aims to guarantee a greater visibility, circulation and promotion of cultural production and artistic creativity resulting from migration. The content will draw a slightly different picture of cultural realities among migrant populations in different European and Mediterranean cities. The idea is to highlight their cultural richness.

This first stop will introduce youth in Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia and France and enable us to better understand the realities. Realities which are so contrasting and yet so close. Don’t they nourish the same worries, the same hopes?



Mediterranean: Portraits of a Generation Mediterranean: Portraits of a Generation This project is backed by the Anna Lindh Fondation and the René Seydoux Fondation.



Nathalie Galesne
February 2010

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