Spain worst for 'generacion ni-ni' in EU, 2nd worst in OECD

Almost 2 million youth neither work nor study, report

09 September, 16:43

    Two Spanish girls in Cordoba Two Spanish girls in Cordoba

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID - Spain is the EU nation of Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (OECD) members with the highest percentage of youths who neither work nor study, according to the OECD report Education at a Glance 2014.

    The report was presented on Tuesday in Madrid by Secretary of State for Education, Training, and Universities Montserrat Gomendio. One in every four of those between the ages of 15 and 29 (25.7%) neither study nor work due to a lack of opportunity to do so, and are considered members of the ''generación ni-ni'' (the neither-nor generation).

    Of the 34 OECD member nations, Spain is in second place in the percentage of 'ni-ni', surpassed only by Turkey with its 29.1% of youths neither working nor studying. Just below Spain is Italy with 24.6%, Chile with 22.3%, Mexico with 22% and Ireland 21%. The percentage is much higher than the OECD average, which dropped from 15.6% in 2011 to 14.9% in 2012.

    In Spain, the percentage of ''lost generation'' youths has risen steadily, from 23.8% in 2010 to 24.4% in 2011 and 25.7% in 2012. According to the report, these percentages correspond to 1,956,900 youths as of January 1, 2013. (ANSAmed).

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