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Research seminar on the effects of the crisis on young people

Research seminar on the effects of the crisis on young people © Shutterstock - Iko

Since the onset of the crisis, young people throughout the EU have been adversely affected disproportionally compared to other age groups. Only a third of young people aged 15-24 currently have a job, and many of these are on a temporary or part-time basis.

Although in half of the Member States, there has been a reduction in the unemployment figures for young people over the recent past, in most cases it has been relatively small and considerable differences continue to exist across the EU. Along with high unemployment, the proportion of young people Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) has risen sharply over the crisis period.

The adverse effects of the crisis on young people extend beyond their labour market situation to their risk of poverty and ability to live autonomously. As a result of their worsening labour market position, young people have been the subject of much political attention at the EU level, leading to the Youth Guarantee being implemented in all Member States.

The purpose of the seminar is to examine particular aspects of the situation of young people across the EU in order to throw light on measures which might help both to tackle the problems they face and to prevent them from worsening.

The seminar focused in particular on:

  • the difficulties faced by young people entering the labour market and the potential scarring effects resulting from these;
  • the extent to which young people have become less autonomous as a result of the crisis;
  • the policy measures that have been taken, or which could potentially be taken, to help young people, from both an employment and social perspective.

The presentations combine national studies in individual countries (France, the UK, Spain and Greece) and comparative analysis.