Study: Youth Unemployment in Europe
Migration and Inclusion

Study: Youth Unemployment in Europe

An education and career opportunities are both important foundations for social participation and social cohesion in Europe. People with prospects are more likely to get involved in political decision-making processes, assume responsibility within society, and, as such, live out democratic values. Which makes it all the more alarming that many young people in the crisis-stricken countries of southern Europe do not have such opportunities to participate.

Youth unemployment has increased drastically in several EU nations in recent years; the "lost generation" has become an often-heard phrase. This term refers to those under 25 years of age; on average, almost a quarter of them are unemployed in the EU.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung and Robert Bosch GmbH are working together to combat youth unemployment in southern Europe. In this context, the Foundation initially commissioned the Center for European Economic Research, as one of the leading economic institutes in Germany, to conduct a study.

The study entitled Youth Unemployment in Europe illustrates how unemployment among young people has developed in recent years. It diagnoses the major structural hurdles young people face when entering the workforce and recommends general measures which should be taken based on this information. The focus is on southern European countries, where young people are particularly suffering from employment issues: Spain, Italy, and Portugal.

The in-depth studies of these countries are based on structured interviews with a series of select experts who are well-respected in the labor market or educational research in their home countries. The study used data from the European Union’s labor force survey to compare youth unemployment trends across the different companies in an empirical analysis. The database provided by Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office located in Brussels, makes it possible to consistently survey individual employment status across periods of time and member states.

Picture Gallery

Photos: Tobias Bohm
Dr. Ingrid Hamm, Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, hands over the study to Dr. Rainer Sontowski, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest (left), President ZEW, and Christoph Kübel (right), Member of the Board of Management and Director of Industrial Relations of Robert Bosch GmbH.
Dr. Ingrid Hamm, Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Bosch Stiftung
Christoph Kübel, Member of the Board of Management and Director of Industrial Relations of Robert Bosch GmbH
Dr. Rainer Sontowski, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest, President ZEW
Prof. Holger Bonin (ZEW) gives an interview about the study.

More Information

Robert Bosch Stiftung (Hg.)  Youth Unemployment in Europe  Read and recommend

Contact

Prof. Holger Bonin
Phone: +49 (0)621 12351-51
Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW)

Contact at the Foundation

Sylvia Krenn
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-674