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Limited job perspectives for young people in Southern and Eastern Europe

The situation for young people at the beginning of their career remains difficult in many parts of Southern and Eastern Europe. In Italy, the proportion of 20- to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training - also known as the NEET-rate - reached 29% in 2016. Young people in Romania (24%), Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria (23% each), Spain (21%) and Croatia (20 %) were also strongly affected. By comparison, young people in Germany had significantly better opportunities. Here, only one in ten 20- to 24-year-olds were affected.

The term NEET ("Not in Education, Employment or Training") has become more popular in recent years to describe the situation facing many young Europeans, particularly in light of the recent recession.

NEET-rates for the EU countries can be found in the Eurostat database.

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