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In countries hit hard by the economic crisis, like many Southern European countries, it has become harder for young people to gain and maintain employment. This problem is particularly severe in Spain. Given this economic crisis, it can be assumed that an increasing proportion of young people in Europe are obliged either to delay their spatial independence from their parents or to return to the parental home. However, as previous studies have already shown, northern and southern European countries differ with regard to the process of achieving residential autonomy. The main focus of this article will be a comparison between Germany as a Western European country and Spain as a Southern European country with regard to the process of leaving and returning to the parental home and the various determinants which can influence the residential autonomy of young people.