Generation E is a cross-border collaborative project by a team of four southern European journalists that sheds light on the migration of southern Europeans within Europe.
Through crowdsourcing, they collected thousands of stories of southern European expats, their educational level, the driving factors behind their choice, their inclination to return home and their personal story.
Intra-European migration flows are complex to investigate, mainly because young migrants tend not to document their journey, which was confirmed by the journalists' findings that 43% of Generation E respondents declared not to have registered to the consulates and foreign offices of their countries. That means that hundreds of thousands of migrants do not get counted in the official statistics.
One of the main aims of the project is to tell the migrants' stories not only of the countries they are from but also of those where they moved to. Generation E is the first pan-European data journalism project on European youth migration aimed at adding insight and value to existing datasets, highlighting the lack of official pan-European studies and telling real stories of real people.
Why Generation E? The E stands for Expat, Erasmus, Exilium, Exodus, Escape as well as e-mail and a well-known low-cost airline. And for Europe, of course. All of the above are concepts that the authors believe portray this generation of European citizens.
- 'Generation E—The Big Migration: From South to North' (CORRECT!V, 3 January 2015)
- 'Generation E—Die grosse Wanderung von Süd nach Nord' (DE) (CORRECT!V, 3 January 2015)
- 'Habla la GenerationE: "España invierte en nosotros para dejarnos en un trastero"' (ES) (El Confidencial, 24 November 2014)
- 'GenerationE, gli expat del Mediterraneo che “fuggono” ma sperano di tornare' (IT) (Il Fatto Quotidiano, 24 November 2014)
- 'Emigração jovem: dados oficiais não contam tudo' (PT) (Publico, 24 November 2014)
- '#GenerationE: η νέα γενιά της Εξόδου' (GR) (rbdata, 24 November 2014)
- '#GenerationE : τα πρώτα αποτελέσματα της ευρωπαϊκής έρευνας για τη μετανάστευση των χωρών του νότου' (GR) (radiobubble, 24 November 2014)
- 'Generation E: Call for Young Migrants' (Café Babel, 3 October 2014)
- 'Crowdsourcing youth migration from southern Europe to the UK' (The Guardian, 2 October 2014)
- 'GenerationE, radiografia dei giovani espatriati del Mediterraneo' (IT) (Il Fatto Quotidiano, 8 September 2014)
- 'Are You a European ‘Expat’ Under 40? ‘Generation E’ Wants to Hear Your Story' (Global Voices, 8 September 2014)
- '#GeneraciónE: ¿quiénes son y adónde van los jóvenes expatriados del sur de Europa?' (ES) (El Confidencial, 8 September 2014)