About the Except Project

Youth unemployment and insecurities in the labour market have increased significantly in Europe in recent years. Because of difficulties in getting and keeping a job, young people are getting more exposed to the risks of poverty, material deprivation, insecurity, lack of autonomy and social exclusion.

EXCEPT is a research project which aims to analyse these aspects of the youth situation in the labour market and the risks to youth of social exclusion; and, to assess related policy measures in the EU-28 and in Ukraine.

The central aim of the EXCEPT project is to develop effective and innovative policy initiatives to help young people in Europe overcome labour market insecurities and related risks.

 

EXCEPT- Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfer

Youth unemployment and insecurities in the labour market have increased significantly in Europe in recent years. Because of difficulties in getting and keeping a job, young people are getting more exposed to the risks of poverty, material deprivation, insecurity, lack of autonomy and social exclusion. EXCEPT is a research project which aims to analyse these aspects of the youth situation in the labour market and the risks to youth of social exclusion; and, to assess related policy measures in the EU-28 and in Ukraine.

The central aim of the EXCEPT project is to develop effective and innovative policy initiatives to help young people in Europe overcome labour market insecurities and related risks.

Against the background of increasing labour market insecurities among youth during the recent crisis, the aim of this interdisciplinary and internationally comparative project is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the consequences of youth labour market vulnerability to risks of social exclusion in Europe. A multidimensional dynamic perspective on both objective and subjective dimensions of the social exclusion of young people is to be adopted in order to identify the complex interrelationships and potential risks of cumulative disadvantages and possible compensatory mechanisms. Specifically, implications of labour market insecurities for youth’s risks of poverty and material deprivation, their subjective well-being and health status as well as their ability to reach independence from the parental home are to be investigated in a mixed-method approach: 

  • First, qualitative interviews are to be conducted with youths from nine selected European countries including Ukraine in order to reach an in-depth understanding of how disadvantaged youths perceive their social situation and try to cope with it in different economic, institutional and cultural environments.
  • Second, quantitative methods are to be applied using EU-28 and national micro-data in order to identify the causal interrelationships and dynamic processes of youth’s social exclusion in different national contexts.
  • Third, the diffusion and effectiveness of EU and national policies that address various issues of youth social exclusion are to be assessed in the EU-28 based on expert interviews and policy evaluation analyses.

A central objective of this comparative project is to learn about examples of best practices and provide suggestions for reforms and policies that help improve the social situation of young people who face labour market insecurities and also involve the voices of the youth themselves in this process. By involving and addressing different stakeholder groups at all stages of the project the dissemination of results will be ensured.

WP1 Conceptual Framework and Identification of Risk Groups

WP2 Assessment of the Diffusion and Effects of Youth Inclusion Policies

WP3 Development and Implementation of Qualitative Interviews of Youth

WP4 Well-Being and Health

WP5 Autonomy

WP6 Short- and Long-Term Socio-Economic Consequences

WP7 Synthesis of Findings and Policy Recommendations

WP8 Dissemination, Exploitation and Policy Transfer

WP9 Project Management

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