In Europe, there are two different models of transition to adulthood: one is typical of the northern and central countries and the other is typical of the countries in the south (Iacovou and Berthoud, 2001). However, grouping by countries can be problematic, in that it may mask behavior, often assimilated, that is at variance with local contexts. In this research, we want to analyze the qualitative differences precisely in the areas of work, home, and family for young adults in the southern European countries, considered individually. We will focus on the following conditions in this order: stable employment, flexible employment, and unemployment; independence as to housing and housing tenure status; living alone or in pairs. In particular, we will consider the role of the family and the presence/absence of institutional support in order to try to highlight formal and informal strategies. In recent years, the family and the welfare system in southern European countries have taken on very different burdens with regard to work policies and housing for young people, but not only that.
Keywords: Young people, work, housing, transition to adulthood, flexibility