For a young adult in Latvia today, life is an increasingly insecure reality, with job prospects harshly disproportionate with educational levels and economic expectations. It is common to find youths with university degrees working entry-level jobs at fast food restaurants (if they are lucky enough be among the 1/3rd of young adults in Latvia who manage to find employment at all). The working age and able-bodied population of Latvia is often choosing to leave the shrinking economies of their homeland in order to find employment and financial security in other countries. Over 200 000 of the population of 2.2 million people have left in the past decade, mostly youth between the ages of 20 and 30. Friendships and relationships are easily fragmented by the increase in emigration, and alcohol and drug problems are on the rise. However, despite the struggles facing this generation, there remains a deep connection to the national identity, especially to the rich and fertile nature of the countryside, accompanied by a drive to create a better future from the relationships and resources they are left to work with. The Baltic republics (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia), hailed as economic powerhouses after they broke away from the Soviet Union in 1991, have been economically shrinking since the 2008 global financial crisis. Latvia, along with the rest of the former Eastern bloc, adopted neoliberal economic policies from the IMF and World Bank, where local elites made a fortune as their countries were integrated into the capitalist market. Latvia is currently under a great degree of social pressure, and there is just one way that the young population has avoided the economic crisis in their own country—by moving abroad. The constant transience of this young generation results in a sense of rootlessness among those who remain.