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New Eurobarometer Survey on young people reveals decreasing involvement in out-of-school activities

Over 13,000 young people between 15 and 30 were interviewed in the 28 Member States of the European Union as part of the Flash Eurobarometer Survey carried out in December 2014.


The survey included questions on democratic participation, participation in activities of various organisations, in volunteering, in culture and questions on employment perspectives for young people who are still pupils or students.

Results of the survey can be seen in this handy infographicpdf(1.49 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link   and, for more detailed analysis, consult the memopdf(531 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  on the survey's results. Full results of the survey may be found here.


Participation in organisations is decreasing – consequence of the economic crisis?

  • Around half (49%) of respondents say they have participated over the last 12 months in at least one organisation.


Participation in elections is linked to the educational level and the involvement in non-formal activities.

The more educated and the more involved in non-formal activities young people are, the more they will take part in voting.

  • 63% of respondents voted in a political election at local, regional, national or EU level in the last three years;
  • 16% were not old enough yet. 47% voted at local level, 37% at regional level, 43% at national level and 31% at EU level.


One fourth of the young Europeans take part in voluntary activities.

  • One fourth of respondents have been involved in organised voluntary activities in the last 12 months;
  • 27% of those involved in volunteering have received formal recognition for this activity.


Participation in cultural activities is also decreasing.

  • Almost 9 out of 10 respondents have participated in a cultural activity in the last 12 months.
  • Overall, the level of participation has decreased by 5 percentage points since 2011, when 94% of young people said they had participated in at least one of the cultural activities.


Confidence about finding a job is fairly high, although there is much less confidence in job stability.

  • Three-quarters of young people who are still studying are at least fairly confident about finding a job (74%);
  • But almost a third of EU respondents are mainly concerned about not finding a long term contract or a stable job.

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