This week SOLIDAR Foundation came together with the Consortium members of the NEGOTIATE project (Horizon 2020), a research project centred on young people in Europe. It examines the long- and short-term consequences of experiencing job insecurity or labour market exclusion in the transition to adulthood, at the University of Girona in Spain. With less than a year left to finalise the project, the many researchers involved are well on their way to shaping the final outcomes of their papers. Research shows that being unemployed when young leads to many negative outcomes - scarring effects - in later life stages in terms of well-being, health, subsequent lower pay, higher unemployment and reduced life chances. In the research conducted empirical data was retrieved from life-course interviews with youth panels across nine different European countries, Norway, the UK, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Germany and the Czech Republic.
During the lightening talk, where all researchers were presenting their main findings thus far, the deep effects, or scarring effects, of early job insecurity and youth unemployment become gravely clear; young people without a job are more likely to turn to drugs, have psychological problems, have difficulty transitioning into adulthood and this can drag on for many years throughout the course of their lives. However, differences are identifies when it comes to the severity of the economic situation on national level and policy coordination. When it concerns policy coordination, or any type of stimulation from a state’s side, it appears to be somewhat difficult to simply say that any type of measure is a good one. Giving financial incentives to employers to hire young people, doesn’t have the needed long-term effects, work training also don’t necessarily seem to help. In addition, the researchers in the project are exploring in what way European states can coordinate, on different levels, to assure sustainable improvement for young people.
The upcoming months everyone involved in the project will focus on finalizing their papers, the final conference, that is to take place in Brussels in December, and finalizing two main volumes to be published the beginning of 2018 in which the main messages of all the different papers will be combined.