Young people on the edge (summary)
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Young people on the edge (summary)

Labour market inclusion of vulnerable youths

The unemployment among young people is considerably higher than the overall unemployment in the Nordic region. A growing group of young people in the Nordic countries are at a great risk of permanent exclusion with regard to working life and society, perhaps for much of their adult lives. Unemployment among young people is a permanent structural problem, but it has increased as a result of the global economic crisis. The Nordic Council of Ministers has asked the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues to analyze, how one in the Nordic region most effectively can contribute to increased inclusion of vulnerable people in the labour market. The report Young people on the edge (summary) – Labour market inclusion of vulnerable youth is a result of this work.

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In several of the Nordic countries around 5–10% of young people between the ages of 20 and 24 are now registered as being unemployed, and around 5–10% of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are not in education, employment or training (NEET). Around 10–25% of young people between the ages of 20 and 24 have not completed an upper secondary education, and 6–12% of all young people between the ages of 18 and 24 receive financial social benefits in the Nordic countries. Around 2–3% of young people are already "parked" outside the labour market and receiving permanent early retirement pension, etc. In other words, we are talking about substantial "exclusion" from education and work among young people in the Nordic countries and this is on the increase. In many cases it would also appear that this has been going on for a number of years. This problem has been aggravated during the most recent economic crisis.