Solidarity-based solutions to the increasing vulnerability of young people in Europe
youth work, employability and active citizenship
The condition of young people in the European Union is a cause of great concern. Challenges such as youth unemployment or low participation of young people in the democratic life are already being tackled by the EU and civil society. This is to try and improve the welfare of this social group, which is becoming more vulnerable during crises such as COVID-19.
These critical situations are likely to provoke extensive consequences on the economic welfare of young people (high unemployment, low-quality jobs, etc.), as well as on their psychological and social well-being, especially among the most vulnerable.
But what is the role that solidarity plays in this context?
Solidarity can support the improvement of the quality of life of young people. Therefore this paper will explore the current status of young people in Europe and present opportunities, challenges and possible solutions that youth work, active citizenship and employability can provide to promote solidarity.