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Evidence-base policy conference "Youth and Social Inclusion" 'Social inclusion of youth on the margins of society: more opportunities, better access, and higher solidarity'

17-18 November 2011, Brussels, Belgium
European Commission DG Education & Culture,
MADOU Auditorium

Presentations and biographies

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Speakers presentations


Thematic Session I:

Overcoming Biographical Disadvantages - Individual agency of disadvantaged young people

  • Sonia Jackson: Can we break the chain of intergenerational exclusion? [381KB]
  • Júlia Szalai: Breaking through the "ethnic ceiling": Mobility aspirations of adolescents from "visible" minority backgrounds [227KB]
  • Nora Duckett: Overcoming Biographical Disadvantages - Looking backward and moving forward: What can be learned from listening to homeless young people?
    with an audio contribution by Saron Tewelde, young homelessness co-researcher. Listen to Saron's testimony [5.31MB] | with transcript .
  • Les Back: The Unwanted Europeans: Young Migrants and Institutional Marginalisation [346KB]
  • Simone Baglioni: In the Name of Whom? The Activation of Unemployed and Precarious Workers in Civil Society Organizations [777KB]
  • DISCUSSION, chaired by Olivier Rouland: (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, EC) and introduced by Joachim Schild (EU-CoE youth partnership)

Thematic Session II:

Inclusive, Accessible and Affordable learning - School- & society-related formal and non-formal learning actions

  • Viola Zentai: The potential and limits of inclusive educational policies in overcoming structural inequalities [227KB]
  • Claire Cameron: Barriers and facilitators: making 'promise' a reality for young people in state care
  • Marta Soler: Combating exclusion through successful educational actions [3.61MB]
  • Patrizia Bussi: From school to WISE- Work Integration Social Enterprise [1.18MB]
  • DISCUSSION, chaired by Carlo Scatoli (DG Education & Culture, EC) and introduced by Andreas Walther (University of Frankfurt)

Thematic Session III:

Pathways of Transitions (to adulthood, parenthood, a job, civic and social integration ) - Policy implications

  • Claire Cameron: Becoming independent? Health, housing and 'leisure' for young people from a public care background
  • Nora Duckett: Transitions to Parenthood - Looking backward and moving forward: What can be learned from listening to homeless young people?
  • Marco Giugni: Social inclusion, political inclusion and well-being of young unemployed and precarious workers [102KB]
  • Katrine Fangen: Young Adult Immigrants: Becoming an Active Citizen in Europe [118KB], with a testimony on her life story by Fatima, born in Norway of Pakistani parents
    Read Fatima's illustrated life story [1.04MB] and her opinion following the conference.
  • DISCUSSION chaired by Sergej Koperdak and introduced by Finn Denstad (both Youth Policy Unit, DG Education & Culture, EC)

Closing Session

  • Howard Williamsson: CONCLUSIONS of the conference[554KB]

  • Round-table Panel Discussion (chosen among policy-makers and stakeholders) with contributions by:
  • Anne Folkvord, Norwegian Ministryof children, equality & social inclusion
  • Mireille Gemmeken, Youth Reserch at the Dutch Youth Institute & PEYR Member
  • Vincent Caron, Policy officer of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)
  • Behrooz Motamed-Afshari, freelance expert and trainer on youth and youth policy development with a specific specialization on Eastern Europe and the Caucasus
  • Jan Van Hee, Flemish Agency for Social &Cultural Work for Youth and Adults

Speakers biographies: [205KB]