More than One in Four Young Greeks are Not Working or Studying

More than one in four young Greeks aged 20-34 do not work or study, according to the latest Eurostat figures for 2018.

Greece is in the second-worst position among the members of the European Union, as 26.8 percent of young people aged 20 to 34 do not work professionally, are not interns and they are not attending a higher education institution.

Italy fares worse in youth employment and education with almost 28 percent of young Italians 20-34 are out of the labor market

The average of youth marginalization in the EU is more than ten points lower than the Greek figure, namely 16.5 percent.

Youth participation in the market is a crucial factor for growth and economic recovery. At the same time, it improves the demographic and economic picture, contributing to the Insurance Funds.

Young Greek women are far more vulnerable than men. Eurostat data show that more than one in three (33.7 percent) do not work or go to university. This is by far the worst rate in the EU. For men, the rate is 20.1 percent.

On the other side of the spectrum, better participation of young people in employment and education was found in Sweden, where only 8 percent of people aged 20 to 34 were on the outside, with The Netherlands following at 8.4 percent.