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Youth of Europe: marginalised and ill-prepared for the future

Edouard Lecerf

Former Director

Economy 28.10.2016 / 12:30

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Young people in Europe feel excluded from economic and social life

Nearly six in ten young Europeans say they feel marginalised and excluded by the economic crisis. With unemployment rates amongst the under 25s twice as high as the general European population, affecting on average nearly one in five of them (source: Eurostat), it is hardly surprising.

In Britain, it is slightly less, around half (53%) of young Brits agree with the statement: "young people have been marginalised by the economic crisis, that is to say excluded from economic and social life".

The survey conducted by Kantar Public for the European Parliament spoke to more than 10,000 people aged between 16 to 30 years old, face to face. It found that the feeling of exclusion is particularly high in the countries most widely affected by the crisis. Almost all young Greeks (93%), nearly 8 Spaniards in 10 (79%) and two thirds of the French (66%) feel marginalised, compared to only a quarter of young Germans (27%).
Young Europeans are also rather critical of the education system in their country. At a European level, an absolute majority of young people (59%) say that their national education system is well adapted to the current world of work, but a strong minority (38%) think the opposite. Criticism prevails in a group of nine countries, with Greece (74%) at the top of the list but which also includes France (57% of feelings of inadequacy, against 42%) and Spain (58% against 37%). Conversely, young people in Sweden (81%), the Netherlands and Denmark (79%), Germany (74%) and the UK (72%) share largely positive opinions on the capacity of their education system to prepare them for work.

In this context, a third (32%) of young Europeans plan to study or work in a country other than their own. Analysis of variation between countries clearly shows that motivations for this type of mobility differ. It appears as "chosen", within populations rather satisfied with their education system such as Sweden, Finland, or "compelling" from countries like in Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus. And it is logically considered less necessary in countries like the UK (67% don't plan to study or work in another EU country) Germany (74%) or the Netherlands (63%).

Source : Kantar Public

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The European Youth in 2016 study was conducted for the European Parliament by Kantar Public between 9th April and 26th April 2016. 10,294 people aged between 16 and 30 years old were interviewed face-to-face. For more information, visit the European Parliament website.

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