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Excluded youth or young citizens? Ethnicity, young people and the labour market in three EU countries

Gary Craig, Hans Dietrich and Jerome Gautié

in Young people in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345882
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345882.003.0008
Excluded youth or young citizens? Ethnicity, young people and the labour market in three EU countries

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This chapter evaluates the process of entry into the labour market for young people of divergent ethnicities in three countries – the UK, France, and Germany – with various traditions, legal frameworks, and understandings of citizenship. It notes that discrimination based on ethnic origin and skin colour is widespread in national labour markets throughout Europe and structures: the opportunities which young people have as they leave school; the choices open to them in education, employment, and training; and qualifications and career prospects. The chapter examines ways in which young people's experience as they enter the labour market is moulded by their ethnicity. It demonstrates how issues of employability, ethnicity, and citizenship for young people interact in these three countries. Lastly, the chapter raises vital research and policy questions for these countries in particular, but also for the European Union as a whole.

Keywords: European Union; ethnicity; labour market; UK; France; Germany; young people; employability; citizenship

Chapter.  8993 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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