Eurofound News September 2012
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Work prospects for young people in Europe
The latest issue of Foundation Focus – Youth in Europe: Best days of their lives? – looks at the situation of young people in Europe, focusing on how they have been affected by the current economic crisis.
Youth unemployment rates have reached unprecedented levels across Europe, with all Member States (except Luxembourg) experiencing sharp growth in youth unemployment figures since the onset of the recession.The growth of the NEETs cohort (those ‘not in employment, education or training’) is testament to this. Several initiatives have been put in place by Member States to tackle the situation, but with mixed results so far. Migration is an option, but does it help in the long run? And what about the working conditions of those who have a job? How easy is it to gain work experience and find training to move into more stable, permanent employment? Eurofound presents its latest research in articles on such topics as job creation initiatives, job quality, active inclusion policies for young people with disabilities, job mobility and sustainable working conditions, as well an interviewwith Luca Scarpiello from the European Youth Forum.