Magazine article European Social Policy

Migration/demography : Young Migrants Ever More at Risk of Poverty - Report

Magazine article European Social Policy

Migration/demography : Young Migrants Ever More at Risk of Poverty - Report

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The economic crisis has taken a heavy toll on European citizens, and even more so on young migrants. This is one of the conclusions drawn by the European Commission in its fourth annual report on immigration and asylum in the EU in 2012, published on 17 June (1). "It is alarming that there have been an increasing number of incidents of xenophobic violence against migrants across the EU," the Commission noted with regret in its report. It urged EU countries to better manage their migration and integration policies.

The situation is hardly promising. The unemployment rate for foreigners living in the Union is twice as high (21.3%) as the EU average (10.5%). They are also more likely to be "overqualified" and to fall into exclusion. The future of young foreigners is very grim, with a risk of leaving school early that is higher than for EU citizens, as well as a risk of remaining "not in employment, education or training" (NEET). The Commission intends to keep a close watch on the member states to monitor the follow-up on the definition of priorities under the social investment package proposed by the Commission, which focuses on access to work for under-represented workers, fighting discrimination at work, recognition of skills, and access to education (especially higher education) and employment services for migrants.

"Family reunification plays a part in facilitating and promoting integration," the Commission stresses. At the end of the year, the Commission intends to clarify EU rules in guidelines on the application of the 2003 directive on family reunification. …

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