42% of young people in Ireland living with their parents
51% see cost as a barrier to healthcare
18% experience serious deprivation
The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working conditions (Eurofound) and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) today (25.03.14) presented the findings from a new Eurofound study entitled ‘the social situation of young people in Europe’. The study charts the changing social situation of young people aged 18 to 29 across the EU.
Presenting an analysis of the Eurofound study from the Irish perspective Marie-Claire McAleer, NYCI Senior Research and Policy Officer highlighted that a lack of employment opportunities had a significant impact on the perceived social exclusion of young people.
Housing shortage and living arrangements
The study also showed that 42% of young people in Ireland are living with their parents. According to Ms McAleer an increase in youth unemployment and cuts in social welfare for young people in successive budgets has made it more difficult for young people to afford to leave home and live independently. “We also have to address the serious housing shortage here in Ireland. and Government also needs to develop an integrated housing strategy, as a matter of urgency,” added Ms McAleer.
The report also indicates that 51% of Irish young people cited cost as a difficulty in accessing health care. This is the 4th highest in the EU.
“The availability of limited free healthcare in Ireland compared to other parts of the EU and the rising cost of health insurance is a significant barrier to young people’s access to health care and subsequently their unmet medical need. Obviously the current system is not working and needs to be replaced by a system that provides greater equity and access to health care for all.
“We acknowledge that this is an issue that Government is currently examining and we await with interest the publication of the White Paper on the proposed Universal Health Insurance model in this regard,” Said Ms McAleer.
The impact of recession and austerity
“The Eurofound research also confirms that 18% of young people in Ireland experience serious deprivation. This means that 18% cannot afford keeping their house warm, buying meat or fish at least every second day (if they wanted to) and/or buying new, rather than second-hand clothes. Young people in large households, such as those living both with their parents and their partner and/or children are the most likely to experience high level of deprivation”, concluded Ms McAleer.
Spotlight on social situation of young people most at risk
Also speaking at the launch Eurofound Director, Juan Menéndez-Valdés said: “Tackling youth unemployment continues to be a policy priority for European and national governments, but the need to directly address the risk of social exclusion and the need to look at the broader aspects of social inclusion are increasingly recognised in the public debate.”
“Remaining outside the labour market has far-reaching consequences – not solely economic. These include a loss of confidence, an undermining of trust and expectations, and an increasing risk of social exclusion and disengagement from society. With this report, we have put the spotlight on the social situation of young people most at risk, in an effort to further the debate and facilitate the tackling of these challenges,” added Mr Menéndez-Valdés.
Contact: Daniel Meister, NYCI Communications Manager: 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 email@example.com
Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of 54 voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
Download the report at http://bit.ly/1ileL9r
The sample size for Ireland was 1051 face to face interviews.
The new report is based on Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), a representative survey of those aged 18 and over in Europe, covering all EU countries and some acceding, candidate and potential candidate countries.
The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working conditions (Eurofound) is a tripartite European Union Agency, whose role is to provide knowledge in the area of social and work-related policies. Eurofound was established in 1975 by Council Regulation (EEC) No. 1365/75.