State of the European youth in 2014

In the run up to the European Youth Event a few weeks ago in Strasbourg, a special Eurobarometer focused on youth was released. Similarly to the official themes of the European Youth Event, this survey was divided into five topics: youth and jobs, the digital revolution, the future of the European Union, sustainable development and European values.

The survey was conducted between 13 March and 2 April 2014, among 13,437 young Europeans aged 16 to 30 in the 28 Member States of the European Union.

In terms of employment, this Eurobarometer showed that more than half of young Europeans feel that in their country young people have been marginalised and excluded from economic and social life by the crisis. Mobility was also mentioned with a strong distinction between voluntary and forced mobility. Indeed, in countries with a high youth unemployment rate, a significant proportion of young people feel compelled to move to another EU country.

Regarding the digital revolution, data protection is the main concern of young Europeans. The survey found that more regulation is needed. When it comes to the future of the European Union, 70 per cent of those questioned think that being part of the EU makes their country stronger.

On the subject of sustainable development, young people are clearly in favour of renewable energy and they think that they should have a key role in the fight against climate change.

Finally, European youth expressed what matters to them in terms of values. Human rights, freedom of speech and gender equality were the issues they most value.

The European Youth Forum welcomed this study, as it showed how much young people have to say when it comes to future of the society and it led to fruitful discussions at the European Youth Event.

Read more: European Youth in 2014 – Eurobarometer

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From Youth Policy Watch