Nice article from the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/13/athens-greece-riots
I remember vividly the discouragement at anticipating nothing but two years of slavery in the military, followed by a job that would underemploy my skills, and that only via the connections of my relatives. I decided that I needed to find out if I could make a decent life for myself in a country where nobody knew me or my family. Any job I got would be because I earned it. So here I am in the US.