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Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfer [Except]

Unione Europea
Programma di ricerca
H2020 Research and Innovation action
Ente finanziatore
Unione Europea
01/05/2015 - 30/04/2018
Sonia Bertolini

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Against a background of increasing labour-market insecurity among youth during the recent crisis, the aim of this interdisciplinary and internationally comparative project is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the consequences of youth labour market vulnerability to risks of social exclusion in Europe. A multidimensional dynamic perspective on both objective and subjective dimensions of the social exclusion of young people is adopted in order to identify the complex interrelationships and potential risks of cumulative disadvantages and possible compensatory mechanisms. Specifically, implications of labour-market insecurity about youth’s risks of poverty and material deprivation, their subjective well-being and health status, as well as their ability to become independent of their parental home, are investigated in a mixed-method approach. First, qualitative interviews are conducted with youths from 9 selected countries – Bulgaria, Greece, Estonia, Germany Italy, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom  - in order to reach an in-depth understanding of how disadvantaged youths perceive their social situation and try to cope with it in different economic, institutional and cultural environments. Second, quantitative methods are applied using EU-28 and national micro-data in order to identify the causal interrelationships and dynamic processes of youth’s social exclusion in different national contexts. Third, the diffusion and effectiveness of EU and national policies that address various issues of youth social exclusion are assessed in the EU-28 based on expert interviews and policy evaluation analyses. A central objective of this comparative project is to learn about examples of best practices and provide suggestions for reforms and policies that help to improve the social conditions of young people facing labour-market insecurity and also involve youth's own voice in this process.

The whole project is coordinated by Marge Unt (University of Tallin) and co-coordinated by Michael Geble (University of Bamberg).


  • Tallinn University, Estonia
  • University of Bamberg, Germany
  • University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • University of Turin, Italy
  • Educational Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland
  • Umeå University, Sweden
  • University of Kent, Centre for Health Services Studies, United Kingdom
  • Kyiv School of Economics, Kyiv Economics Institute, Ukraine
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