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Italy has EU’s highest level of ‘alienated young people’

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By Chris Harris
Italy has EU’s highest level of ‘alienated young people’

<p>Nearly one-in-four young Italians are neither employed, in education nor training (<span class="caps">NEET</span>), latest figures reveal.</p> <p>The data, obtained to mark the <a href="http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/">UN-organised International Youth Day on August 12</a>, shows 24.3 percent of 15-29 year olds in Italy face this bleak predicament – the highest proportion recorded in the European Union.</p> <p>Yet there are grounds for optimism.</p> <p>A majority of countries in the EU are seeing a fall in the proportion of <span class="caps">NEET</span> youngsters – only Bulgaria, Estonia, Austria and Germany saw a rise in the year to 2016.</p> <p>That includes Italy, which has seen its share of <span class="caps">NEET</span>s fall from a 10-year high of 26.2 percent in 2014.</p> <p>Greece, Ireland and Spain have all seen large falls in the last year, too.</p> <p>The best countries in Europe are The Netherlands, followed by Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Denmark.</p> <p>Eurofound says the economic loss to European countries of not properly employing young people was 153 billion euros in 2011.</p> <p>But it’s not just a money issue. The EU agency says <span class="caps">NEET</span>s are at a higher risk of being socially and politically alienated.</p> <h3>The countries where the % of young people <span class="caps">NEET</span> is highest …</h3> <p><iframe allowfullscreen src="//e.infogram.com/f3063ce3-a3e6-42d5-b0c5-701f6de84677?src=embed" title="NEET, top 15, 2016" width="675" height="682" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border:none;"></iframe></p> <h3>… and how it’s changed over the last decade</h3> <p><iframe src="https://giphy.com/embed/3o6vXOJBt2xT9czsIw" width="675" height="682" frameBorder="0" class="giphy-embed" allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href="https://giphy.com/gifs/3o6vXOJBt2xT9czsIw">via <span class="caps">GIPHY</span></a></p></p> <h3>The countries where the % of young people <span class="caps">NEET</span> is lowest …</h3> <p><iframe allowfullscreen src="//e.infogram.com/8b3a2ff4-c8f7-4e2c-9e5a-f8e3ae031f8a?src=embed" title="NEET, bottom 15, 2016" width="675" height="682" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border:none;"></iframe></p> <h3>… and how it’s changed over the last decade</h3> <p><iframe src="https://giphy.com/embed/l41K4LNT1wSXuxEXu" width="675" height="682" frameBorder="0" class="giphy-embed" allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href="https://giphy.com/gifs/l41K4LNT1wSXuxEXu">via <span class="caps">GIPHY</span></a></p></p>