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Youth on the Move

Youth on the Move is a comprehensive package of policy initiatives on education and employment for young people in Europe. Launched in 2010, it is part of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.


Youth on the Move aims to improve young people’s education and employability, to reduce high youth unemployment and to increase the youth-employment rate – in line with the wider EU target of achieving a 75% employment rate for the working-age population (20-64 years) – by

  • making education and training more relevant to young people's needs
  • encouraging more of them to take advantage of EU grants to study or train in another country
  • encouraging EU countries to take measures simplifying the transition from education to work.


  • Coordinating policy to identify and stimulate action at EU and national level;
  • Specific actions designed for young people – such as the preparatory action 'Your first EURES job' for labour market mobility within the EU, and increased support for young entrepreneurs via the European progress microfinance facility.

Why focus on young people?

  • Around 5.5 million young people are unemployed in the EU, which means that 1 in 5 people under 25 who are willing to work cannot find a job.
  • The unemployment rate among young people is over 20% – double the rate for all age groups combined and nearly 3 times the rate for the over-25s.
  • 7.5 million people aged 15 to 24 are currently neither in a job nor in education or training.

Youth on the Move website – provides more information and practical links for young people looking to study, train or work abroad.

Youth Opportunities Initiative – actions to drive down youth unemployment.


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