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Young “nem-nem” in retreat in the EU, Portugal has already exceeded the goal

The EU sees a decrease in young people neither studying nor working compared to the previous year, with Portugal meeting the target of having this youth rate below 9% by 2030.

The number of young people between the ages of 15 and 29 who, in 2022, neither studied nor worked —the “neither”— in the European Union (EU) fell to 11.7%, compared to 13.1% last year above, released this Friday by Eurostat.

According to data from the EU statistical service, one third of Member States, including Portugal (8.4%, in the sixth place in the table), have already reached the goal of having a rate of “neither nor” youth below 9% by 2030, set out in the European Pillar of Social Rights (PEDS).

Netherlands (4.2%), Sweden (5.7%), Malta (7.2%), Luxembourg (7.4%), Denmark (7.9%), Portugal (8.4%), Slovenia (8.5%), Germany (8.6%) and Ireland (8.7%) have already exceeded the 9% target.

Eurostat underlines that, in the last decade, the number of young “neither-nors” between the ages of 15 and 29 has been increasing down from 2013 peak (16.1%), with one exception, in 2020, when the indicator reached 13.8% compared to 12.6% in 2019, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Observadora

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