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Unemployment, integration and marginalisation: a comparative perspective on 18- to 24-year-olds in Finland, Sweden, Scotland and Spain

Andy Furlong and Fred Cartmel

in Youth unemployment and social exclusion in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9781861343680
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304388 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343680.003.0003
Unemployment, integration and marginalisation: a comparative perspective on 18- to 24-year-olds in Finland, Sweden, Scotland and Spain

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This chapter states that unemployment is associated with social exclusion among young people. It starts by presenting the concept of social exclusion. It then investigates the structural differences in experiences of unemployment in Finland, Sweden, Scotland and Spain, highlighting routes out of unemployment and emerging patterns of marginalisation. Finally, variations in subjective responses to unemployment are examined and the significance of factors that mediate the relationship between structures of unemployment and subjective experiences which therefore serve to reduce the likelihood of social exclusion is explored. The experience of unemployment can lead to general dissatisfaction with life. It was in Scotland where young people appeared to suffer the most from the experience of unemployment. The ability to maintain high levels of life satisfaction despite enduring prolonged unemployment would seem to be dependent on an equilibrium between the different dimensions of the unemployment experience.

Keywords: unemployment; social exclusion; Finland; Sweden; Scotland; Spain; marginalisation

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