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Policy Brief

Failure to Launch

Economic Crisis Leads to Demographic Crisis for the Young

Key messages:

  • Young individuals suffer disproportionally from the crisis, especially in terms of high unemployment and economic uncertainty, which affect their ability to start an independent life.

  • A delayed transition to adulthood has negative effects on economic and demo- graphic outcomes later in life, including fertility levels.

  • Youth exposed to the economic crisis need immediate support and relief in order to avoid becoming a “lost” generation.

  • Policies need to support new initiatives such as the Youth Guarantee, and should promote youth mobility among and across countries.