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Policy Paper “Activation policies for NEETs”

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  • Data di pubblicazione: 07/01/2020


On 6th July 2020 Alessandro Rosina presented the policy paper "NEETs in Italy. Data, experiences and recommendations for effective activation policies".

Alessandro Rosina, Professor of demography and social statistics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and national expert, presented research and recommendations for activation initiatives aimed at young NEETs.

Participants included Sebastiano Leo (Councillor for Labour, Education and Training  in the Apulia Region) and the NOVA Consortium for Social Innovation, regional and national policy makers and youth employment experts.

The policy paper "NEETs in Italy" by Alessandro Rosina on the prevention of early school leaving and the phenomenon of young NEETs is now avalaible online (Italian language, soon available in English). It is published by StartNet in collaboration with Nova onlus - National Consortium for Social Innovation.

Young people in the NEET condition (Not in Education, Employment, Training) are defined as men and women between the ages of 15 and 34 who are not in education, vocational training or employment.

The policy paper targets institutions, regional and national policy makers and experts with the aim of presenting an up-to-date overview of the state of young people in Italy and to provide recommendations for initiatives and activation policies for young people classified as NEET. It is intended to be a primary tool in recommending activation policies that include success factors such as multi-stakeholder partnerships, local initiatives and the direct involvement of young people in the design of reintegration pathways.

Italy boasts the disheartening record in Europe for the number of young people in this condition. More than 28% of men and women between the ages of 20 and 34 in Italy fall into the NEET category, compared to a European average of 16.5% (Source: EUROSTAT March 2020).The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could exacerbate the difficulties of young adults who have been cut off from the school system and the labour market for a variety of reasons (see this article by the International Labour Organization).

In addition to the prescribed measures to counter the problem, expert Alessandro Rosina gives an up-to-date snapshot of young people in Italy in this publication, clarifying both the causes and consequences of the NEET phenomenon as well as giving examples of results obtained to date with national activation experiences.

Alessandro Rosina is full professor of demography and social statistics at the Faculty of Economics at the Catholic University of Milan and coordinator of Youth Report, the main Italian survey on the new generations from the G. Toniolo Institute.

Download the pdf to read the entire policy paper (in Italian).