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What is social inclusion?

© - YanLev
© - YanLev
An inclusive society is based on mutual respect and solidarity, with equal opportunities and decent living standards for all - where diversity is seen as a source of strength and not as a divider. A European vision or reality?

Social inclusion is about feeling you are part of a community, bonded together by a common identity and shared values. Poverty is one of the main reasons that people can feel excluded. Not having access to health and social services or job opportunities, can also contribute to social exclusion.

You may feel you don’t belong no matter how well educated or financially well-off you are. Social exclusion doesn’t just affect people who are materially deprived. Approximately 1 out of every 3 people in the European and Central Asia region is socially excluded.


Young people and social inclusion

Many young people travel within the EU to find work and studies. Young people are also among the most vulnerable in society, particularly during a serious economic downturn. In a changing world, EU wants to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy for all. The Union has set five ambitious objectives to be reached by year 2020 - on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/. You can follow the statistics on social inclusion, people in risk of poverty, unemployment rates and other on Eurostat. Eurostat contains statistics regarding the EU.


What can you do?

You can learn more about the EU's objectives and work, to include youth. One of the main objectives of the EU Strategy on youth is to encourage young people to become active citizens and participate in the society.

Youth in Action Programme also deals with social inclusion – and provide many opportunities for young people to learn and participate across the EU.

You can contribute in your community by ensuring that people around you don’t fall outside the community. Perhaps you have experienced that someone in your school is being bullied? Make sure to include the people around you and contribute with a positive attitude!

You can also get involved in the EU Structured Dialogue, or look at what other young people had to say at the 2012 Youth Conference in Cyprus.



Published: Fri, 24/05/2013 - 23:38

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