Young people and the post-recession labour market in the context of Europe 2020

H. Chung, S. Bekker, H. Houwing

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This article examines how the recent global recession, together with the general flexibilization of labour markets, is affecting young people. We examine different forms of social exclusion, including unemployment, temporary employment contracts and periods of inactivity, as well as the subjective insecurity arising from such labour market exclusion. We also examine what Member States have done to address this issue, especially as part of their response to the crisis. At both EU (through the Europe 2020 strategy) and national levels specific policy measures exist that target young people in the labour market, but these are mostly supply-driven. Thus, they do not take into account the true problems young people are facing, including problems finding first-time employment
and bad-quality jobs with little prospect of moving up the employment ladder. In conclusion, a new generation with higher exposure to systematic labour market risks than previous generations is being left to fend for itself with little appropriate state support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-317
Number of pages17
JournalTransfer: European Review of Labour and Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Young workers, economic recession, labour market insecurity, policy responses, Europe 2020

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