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Youth is necessary!

The inclusion of young people is not only related to their lives as individuals, It is not only a problem of the youth, it is a necessity for the whole society.

That is the conclusion reached by the report "Youth Necessary: social consequences of youth precariousness" by Stefano De Marco and Daniel Sorando, published by the Spanish Youth Council.

There is an interdependence between the social integration of young people and the survival of our welfare state. Problems such as unemployment, late emancipation or youth migration have consequences for the whole population in a short-term and long term future, if the policies needed are not now fully addressed. Without political intervention in this regard, what will be the economic loss for the entire State? What are the consequences of delay in the emancipation of young people today? And how will our future: be able to maintain our retirement rights?


The report responses are overwhelming:

• The youth migration in 10 years (2014-2024) would mean an economic loss to the country that is estimated at 46.034.460.000 € and 57.287.328.000 €. These figures are an estimate of what is being invested in education of migrants and what not return to the country by collecting in taxes

• If current conditions for young persist, the future Spanish fertility rate would be very small and it would not ensure a population replacement that could sustain the system of intergenerational solidarity

Late emancipation family is deeply related to the declining birth rate. Fertility is a key element in the sustainability of the retirement system in the future. There are a number of factors, such as job insecurity and economic uncertainty, that affect the emancipation of young people. Late emancipation is also a concern relating conciliation of family life and family planning. These factors explain that the fertility rate in our country is one of the lowest in the Eurozone, which does not ensure that our country has a young population that can sustain the system of intergenerational solidarity.

To change this scenario policies aimed at young people to correct this situation are urgent. To raise fertility levels require ambitious policies on housing for young people, youth employment policies that ensure high occupancy of the population between 15 and 29 years and more investment in family policies (public benefits and services aimed to facilitating the reconciliation between work and family)

The Youth Council of Spain says flatly that society has no future without youth. It is necessary to join forces, and the Spanish Youth Council encourages you to sign the "Youth Necessary" manifesto.

More information:

- Juventud necesaria : consecuencias económicas y sociales de la situación del colectivo joven / Stefano de Marco, Daniel Sorando. -- Madrid : Consejo de la Juventud de España, 2015. -- 65 p.

- Executive Summary of the report

- Necessary Youth Campaign


Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Consejo de la Juventud de España


Published: Wed, 17/06/2015 - 10:30

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