04.12.2017 - 05.12.2017 | Brussels, Belgium
On 4 and 5 December 2017 the NEGOTIATE project’s final conference titled ‘Scarred Youth – What can the EU do?’ will take place in the Norway House in Brussels. Ten years after the onset of the financial crisis, unemployment and job insecurity are still challenges that affect young people in all European countries. The NEGOTIATE project reveals that despite convergences in policies there are still significant divergences in outcomes between countries and bad luck in timing of labour market entry leaves scars on the young.
Impact of the economic crisis on youth – How to close the gaps in Europe?
In the first session we will discuss the differentiated impact of the economic crisis on European youth. Maria Symeonaki from Panteion University in Greece will open the session presenting findings from NEGOTIATE's extensive research on the differences between Member States and their strategies to cope with the crisis.
The mapping of the impact is based on innovative analyses of data from the European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS) and the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC). A brief summary of the findings is published in the policy brief on ‘Early job insecurity in Europe: Mapping diversity and the impact of the economic crisis’.
The researchers find that young people are facing disproportionally high risks of unemployment compared to other age groups all across Europe. Within the different European countries gender, though at different levels, is a significant variable regarding the differentiated effects of the crisis: women are more exposed and vulnerable to unemployment and early job insecurity than men. Additionally, the level of education – of both the individuals and their parents – plays a role regarding the effects that rising unemployment rates can have on young peoples’ lives.
During the conference, we will further discuss the different responses of European states to the economic crisis, the discrepancies in tackling the long-term consequences of the crisis, and what the European Union should do to narrow the gaps between its Member States.