Youth Guarantee: Opportunities for young Roma (Findings)

15 February 2016

 ERGO Network presents its synthesis note on the European Youth Guarantee

Youth unemployment is one of Europe’s big challenges. For young Roma, it is often a persistent struggle: for many, the impact of the economic slowdown is compounded by common aspects of Roma social exclusion, including substandard education and direct or indirect discrimination on the labour market.

Many young Roma will formally fall under the umbrella of the Youth Guarantee: according to the FRA, fifty-eight percent of Roma aged 16 to 24 in the eleven countries they surveyed are not in employment, education or training (NEETs). The Youth Guarantee may help them find a job or obtain the skills needed on the labour market. It is, unfortunately, likely, however, that young Roma will face (indirect) discrimination in employment initiatives such as these. From a study of Roma employment patterns in Europe, we know, for instance, that employment offices often lack the capacity to reach Roma. ERGO Network, in cooperation with member and partner organizations, executed a small-scale research into the Youth Guarantee in six EU countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. The aim was to investigate whether the Youth Guarantee is successful in reaching out to and creating meaningful opportunities for young Roma. 

Read the findings here

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