Despite measures taken over the last years, Europe still faces a challenge in supporting young people. According to the last Eurostat survey, there are almost 17 million young people aged 20-34 across the 28 EU countries who are neither in employment nor in education and training (NEET).
With the Policy Brief No. 13 – November 2017, entitled “Becoming an Adult in Europe. It’s time to provide more cross-sectorial support to young people”, authors Ann Berrington, Francesco C. Billari, Olivier Thévenon and Daniela Vono de Vilhena intend to release the following key messages:
- Policy proposals for young Europeans should be based on a life course perspective. Challenges faced by individuals should be seen as a consequence of a series of intertwined life events that occur within particular policy, socio-economic and cultural contexts;
- Independence in young adulthood should be viewed as a multi-dimensional concept, which includes residential, economic and psychological independence;
- Securing employment for young people should remain a top priority on the European policy agenda. However, stable and well-paid jobs, and income protection should be promoted equally;
- In terms of housing, leaving the parental home does not mean that individuals have reached full residential independence. A stable and sustainable housing situation should be the target;
- Local initiatives supporting young people should be further promoted. These should be sensitive to individuals’ gender, ethnicity and education
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