EPRS Admin By / January 9, 2018

Ratio of young people in the total population, January 2016

Data source: Eurostat

Ratio of young people in the total population, January 2016

Young Europeans make up 17.4 % of the total population, which is a slow but steady decline from 19.6% in 2006. While women are a majority in the overall population, the reverse is true for this age group. On average, young people continue to live with their parents until they are 26 years old. Some 28. 8% of them are at risk of poverty or social exclusion.
Considering the upper-age bracket of 25 to 29-year-olds, in 2016, 37.2 % had tertiary level education, while 15.9 % had lower secondary education or less. While the overall youth employment rate is 73.2 %, only 54 % of those with the lowest educational level are employed. There is also a difference of more than 10 % between the lowest-income quintile (83.7 %) and the highest-income quintile (94.3%) of those claiming to be in good or very good health.
Youth will be very high on the EU agenda in 2018, with the renewal of the Youth Strategy, the establishment of a legal basis for the European Solidarity Corps, the upcoming meeting of the Bologna Process stakeholders in Paris and discussions on the funding of Erasmus+ as part of the next multiannual financial framework negotiations, which start in earnest in May.

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