The term NEET is used to describe young people who are not engaged in any form of employment, education or training. Young people in Europe have been hit particularly hard by the recession in terms of their employment prospects, so the term was used often in policy debates on employment situation of the youth in Europe.
NEETs are more likely to be politically and socially alienated according to study conducted by Eurofound a few years ago. Young people not in employment, education or training also have a lower level of interest and engagement in politics and lower levels of trust.
The likelihood of becoming a NEET is 70% higher for young people with an immigration background, having a disability or health issue is a strong risk factor, as well. Also, the lower the education level, the higher the risk to become NEET.
EU have been actively engaged in designing and implementing policy measures aimed at increasing the employability and overall employment participation of young people. Policy measures such as the Youth Guarantee scheme aim to reduce the time young people spend as NEET. This guarantee has a budget of 6 billion euros at EU level for supporting young people between 16-24 in finding jobs or training opportunities.
To learn more about the NEET situation click here: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/emcc/labourmarket/youth
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Source: Eurofound and European Commission