The young Italian people, who have been heavily affected by the increasing unemployment due to the present economic crisis in the global North, have been generating different responses depending on gender, ethnicity and social class. Starting from the empirical data collected in an ethnographic fieldwork which involved Ecuadorians’ teenage children who lived in the neighborhood of Sampierdarena in Genoa, the paper reflects on how the condition of youngsters is correlated with the migrant condition. Through the observation of the teenagers’ different spheres of socialization (domestic group, peer group and school) the article displays that the Ecuadorian migrants’ children face the crisis in different ways as do the "autochthonous" peers of the same social-economic condition who live in the neighborhood. The analysis shows how the pattern of adaptation of these teenagers regarding the difficulties of the contemporary socio-historical context cannot be separated from their belonging to a domestic group engaged in a transnational migration project. Nevertheless, the paper displays how the reproduction of the domestic group always maintain a dialectical relationship with the agency of these young people who are active subjects facing the crisis.
Keywords: Crisis, youth, agency, Ecuador, family, reproduction.