EU Youth Council: The role of youth policy and youth work with regards to migration

 According to Eurostat, 81% of the 689 000 people who applied for asylum in EU countries this year (through August) were younger than 35; more than half (55%) were aged 18 to 34. Therefore the EU needs to find ways to integrate those young People. Ministers welcomed the compendium of best practices prepared by the Presidency, which shows that most member states have already put in place a large number of initiatives and measures to tackle this problem. To focus of the paper was interkultural learning and the role of Religion, youth work, inklusive youth work and civic education.

 The main outcome of the ministerial debate was the following:

– Need for an integrated approach in this field, involving education, employment, cultural, and sport sectors, as well as parent support, in particular at local and regional level

– Youth work can be an instrument of inclusion by fostering intercultural understanding between the local and immigrant populations (involving also volunteers and Young migrants in the process)

– European values must be systematically promoted as early as possible, for instance through education for citizenship in order to avoid intolerance xenophobia and radicalisation

– Importance of fostering language learning either through formal education or non-formal learning methodologies

– EU Youth Work Plan has a strategic role to play in coordinating member states actions and to increase synergies

– Make the best use of Erasmus + Programme

Diskussion paper youth and Migration

Best practise examples of EU countries