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Social inclusion

What is the EU's role?

Social exclusion and poverty among young people has increased during the economic crisis. The EU Youth Strategy aims, in particular, to:

  • Realise the full potential of youth work and youth centres as a means of inclusion;
  • Encourage a cross-sector approach to address exclusion in areas such as education, employment and social inclusion;
  • Support the development of intercultural awareness and combat prejudice;
  • Support information and education for young people about their rights;
  • Address the issues of homelessness, housing, and poverty;
  • Promote access to quality services – e.g. transport, e-inclusion, health, and social services;
  • Promote specific support for young families.
How is this being done?

The Commission supports these objectives through:

  • The European platform against poverty and social exclusion – launched in 2010, it proposes measures to reduce the number of people living in poverty or otherwise socially marginalised in the EU by at least 20 million by 2020.
  • The European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy, (run jointly with the Council of Europe), provides reliable information about the living conditions of young people.
  • The Erasmus+ programme and the activities supported by it in the youth field. The Inclusion and Diversity Strategy outlines the support and possibilities available in the Erasmus+ programme for the youth field when it comes to including young people  with fewer opportunities. The strategy also sets the aims to be reached and defines the groups to be targeted.

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