Youth unemployment: Territorial trends and regional resilience
PROJECT WAS RUNNING IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia
This project examined the spatial and temporal effects of the economic crisis on youth unemployment and inactivity of the regions in Member States of the European Union. ICON-INSTITUT contributed to explore the situation of youth in the labour market and why some regions have demonstrated comparatively stronger resilience to the economic downturn.
Currently around 4 million young people are unemployed in the EU and the youth unemployment rate is more than double the overall unemployment rate. Some six million young people are not in employment, education or training (so called NEETs). The experiences and challenges young people face, calls for more imaginative and effective policies.
The main objective of this research activity was to provide territorial evidence on youth unemployment trends with a particular focus on the regional resilience to youth unemployment. ICON proposed recommendations for how territorial cohesion policy can contribute to strengthening the resilience in European regions against youth unemployment and enhancing the implementation of the Youth Guarantee, Youth Employment and the EURES Initiatives. EU Cohesion Policy can have a significant effect on tackling youth unemployment and inactivity.