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Youth in Greece, Today: Remarks on the EU State of Play in Youth Unemployment and NEETs—Key Determinants of Greek Young Peoples’ Life Course

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The research leading to several of the results presented in the present paper has received funding from the EEA/Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009–2014, under the Project Contract n° EEA Grants/GR07–3757 (“Neets2”).

The Project was carried out by the Centre for Educational Policy Development of the General Federation of Greek Workers (KEADIC & KANEP/GSEE, 2013) (Project Coordinator Partner), the Centre for Political Research and Documentation of the Department of Political Science at the University of Crete (KEPET/UoC) and the Centre for Human Rights of the Department of Political Science at the University of Crete (KEADIK/UoC) (Project Partner 1). It was carried out from 15/12/2015 to 14/12/2016.

The paper initially approaches definitional issues and proceeds in a brief overview of the state of play concerning NEETs (young people not in education, employment, or training) in the EU, emphasizing the relation between youth unemployment and NEET rates. Then, based on some of the key findings of a recent quantitative research (carried out within the framework of the EEA Grants/GR07–3757 Project), the paper maps Greek NEETs’ main characteristics today and presents findings related to the impact of the financial crisis in both young people in total and NEETs’ life course, employability, public trust, civics, and survival strategies.

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    The recent crisis, indeed, “has exacerbated the problem of young people’s labour market participation.”

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    See a detailed analysis on this issue.

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The present Chapter is partially based on three Research Papers, yet it focuses on specific issues and extends the analysis on them. The abovementioned research Papers are the following: (a) Papadakis, N. in cooperation with Maria Drakaki, Antonis Papargyris, Vassilis Dafermos, Maria Basta, Panagiotis Theodorikakos, Prokopis Pandis, Argyris Kyridis (2017), “Painted from life....” A disengaged youth? Young people and NEETs in a devastated country. Published by the UCL-Ioe/Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES). London: UCL-IoE/LLAKES Research Centre (Research Papers Series no 59), (b) Papadakis, N., Drakaki, M., Kyridis, A., Papargyris, (2017), Between a frightening Present and a disjoined Future. Recession and social vulnerability in the case of Greek Neets: Socio-demographics, facets of the Crisis’ Impact and the revival of the intergenerational transmission of poverty, in Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal [ASSRJ], Volume 4, No 18, Sep 2017, pp. 8–20 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.14738/assrj.418.3688) and (c) Papadakis, N., Amanaki, E., Drakaki, M., Saridaki S. (2020), Employment/Unemployment, Education and Poverty in the Greek Youth, within the EU context, in International Journal of Educational Research, VSI: Poverty and education, no 99, 2020, 101,503, pp. 1–15 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2019.101503). Given that, the authors would like to thank the following for granting/providing them with permission to re-use specific material, published in the abovementioned research papers: (a) the LLAKES Research Centre of the UCL-IoE and subsequently Prof. Andy Green, Director of the LLAKES, (b) the Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal (ASSRJ), as well as the Services for Science and Education Ltd. (SSE-UK), and (c) the International Journal of Education Research (IJER), the Elsevier B.V. as well as Prof. Allen Thurston, Editor-in-Chief of the IJER.

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Papadakis, N., Drakaki, M., Kyridis, A., Papargyris, A. (2022). Youth in Greece, Today: Remarks on the EU State of Play in Youth Unemployment and NEETs—Key Determinants of Greek Young Peoples’ Life Course. In: Anagnostopoulou, D., Skiadas, D. (eds) Higher Education and Research in the European Union. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-85690-8_18

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