Condemned to suffer precariousness rather than live out their aspirations, young people are nevertheless the main vectors of social change. It seems urgent to hear their voices, their aspirations and their dreams.
These young generations are those of social networks and exchanges across physical or imaginary borders; they inform themselves and see what is happening in the neighbouring city, country or continent. Cultural references intersect, interact and mix. Although the Mediterranean borders are closing one after the other, there is no house arrest for exchange, no visa for knowledge.
What do young Syrians, Lebanese, French, Moroccans, Palestinians, Italians, Portuguese, Jordanians, Turks, Algerians, Egyptians, Spaniards, Libyans, Maltese, Cypriots, Tunisians, Greeks have in common, if not to be part of the same era? To look towards the same sea, where opportunities as well as challenges seem to be linked to each other, when they are not common?
From East to West, from South to North, similar aspirations run through our societies. In the streets of Tunis and Cairo, in the squares of Madrid and Paris, a section of young people have, in recent years, expressed their desire for a more equal and fairer society. Through associations and collectives, thousands of young people are getting involved. They share their practices, their aspirations and a common desire to participate.
Paradoxically, there are few spaces today that allow young committed Mediterranean people to leave their territories, to meet, to share their observations and experiences, to build common projects at the Euro-Mediterranean level. The Med Youth network was created to respond to this situation.