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1 1 COPE Kick-off Meeting Oldenburg, 28 February 2012 Social inclusion and youth active citizenship Social inclusion and youth active citizenship Meeting of Europes Foundations, Regions and Cities for Social Innovation Thursday 25 October 2012 Marc Goffart, Project Officer Unit for Social sciences and humanities Directorate for the European Research Area Directorate General for Research - European Commission

2 2 COPE Kick-off Meeting Oldenburg, 28 February 2012 A thought - Oasis Opportunities Access Solidarity in Societies With thanks to Howard Williamson Oasis, a composite life story

3 3 COPE Kick-off Meeting Oldenburg, 28 February 2012 Youth and Social Inclusion Policy Review + Conference MADOU, 17-18/11/2011 Evidence: Being at the margin of society is NOT a choice: ambitions and expectations are very similiar to those of «ordinary youth»… (but not the outcome) Invisibility of vulnerable / deprived youth in statistics & policy processes; lack of participation of the youth & NGOs. Numerous legal & institutional impediments (e.g.: age, nationality, …) hinder transitions & support + discrimination & prejudices (low expectations) Recommendations: Prevention & early remediation - stable, warm & helathy living environment =>multi-sectoral: cooperation between education, care & welfare; Trusted adults (school, NGO, social workers, …) Give more chances & trust, rather than more money…

4 4 COPE Kick-off Meeting Oldenburg, 28 February 2012 Examples of social innovation in European socio-economic research Giving Voice to marginalised young people Direct: Young homeless people trained as co-researchers (CSEYHP) Better access to & research on deprived & hidden group in society Learning skills & inclusion in society Illustrated life stories of young migrants in European societies (EUMARGINS) Active involvement of the 'research subjects' Dissemination: more easily accessible research results Indirect: Civil Society organisation: pivotal role for (long-term) unemployed (YOUNEX); Support young people in their transition from school to work Support policy-makers in drafting practice-based policies

5 5 COPE Kick-off Meeting Oldenburg, 28 February 2012 After eight years in Norway, Jengar wanted to consider himself as a Norwegian 'I went out the house, I was so angry; I didnt know where to go where to start, whats next for me.' Joseph found a bench where he sat down to take it all in. EUMARGINS – Migrants' Illustrated Life story Cases

6 6 COPE Kick-off Meeting Oldenburg, 28 February 2012 SSH running Research projects (WP2010) (in the areas of social cohesion & social innovation) Following SOCIAL POLIS - Social platform on cities and social cohesion; Frank Moulaert, University of Newcastle (development of a research agenda and scientific dialogue addressing the role of cities and social cohesion – CSA WP2007) … social cohesion : WILCO-Welfare innovations at the local level in favour of cohesion; Taco Brandsen, Radboud University Nijmegen (effect of local welfare systems on social inequalities) FLOWS - The impact of local welfare systems on female labour force participation and social cohesion; Per Jensen, U of Aalborg (how local provision affects the labour market participation of women; how female employment in turn impacts on structures of inequality and social cohesion) LOCALISE - Local Worlds of Social Cohesion; Martin Heidenreich, University of Oldenburg (How do different institutional contexts influence local worlds of social cohesion? - 18 local Case Studies)

7 7 COPE Kick-off Meeting Oldenburg, 28 February 2012 SSH running Research projects (WP2010) (in the areas of social cohesion & social innovation) …and social innovation… InnoServ - Social Platform for Innovative Social Services; Johannes Eurich, University of Heidelberg (future research agenda defined with stakeholders) TEPSIE - The theoretical, empirical and policy foundations for building social innovation in Europe; Jeremy Millard, Danish Technological Institute …combined with social policy… ImPRovE - Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social Policy and Innovation; Bea Cantillon, University of Antwerp (top-down & bottom-up approaches) COPE – Combating Poverty in Europe: Re-organising Active Inclusion; Martin Heidenreich, University of Oldenburg (Multilevel Governance)

8 8 COPE Kick-off Meeting Oldenburg, 28 February 2012

9 Overcoming youth unemployment in Europe (CP-L) The context of youth unemployment: Dramatic youth unemployment rates: >20% / double WAP / 5 miop. individual & family impacts => demographic cost / intergenerational balance & fairness (insider / outsider labour market) economic cost of NEETs (100 billion / 1% GDP) due to missed economic/social contributions & higher social/education expenditure Policy context: Europe 2020 Strategy (neither smart, inclusive nor sustainable) : Flagships: Youth on the Move (<10% NEETs / 40% Masters), New Skills for New Jobs (75% empl. rate) & Platform Against Poverty (20 million less poor) Macro level: European Employment & Annual Growth Strategies Innovation Union – Youth Opportunities Initiative – Job-rich Recovery

10 10 COPE Kick-off Meeting Oldenburg, 28 February Overcoming youth unemployment in Europe (CP-L) Objective: to develop a comprehensive understanding of the causes of the very high unemployment among young people and to assess the effectiveness of labour market policies designed to mitigate this. => useful input for policy & programme design and for mutual learning between / technical assistance to Member & Associated States Research dimensions (summary): Reasons & drivers of youth unemployment; Recruitment strategies & Flexicurity mechanisms; Social impacts, incl. for vulnerable groups Supply & demand mismatch (education & training); knowledge-intensive as well as low-skilled entries to labour market (dualisation LM). Economic & social independence, incl. alternative pathways (e.g. start- ups & self-employment) / transitions (traineeships, volunteering, mobility, …) NB: gender dimension; humanities scope – see also: S/E Mediterranean youth

11 11 COPE Kick-off Meeting Oldenburg, 28 February 2012 Thank you for your attention Marc GOFFART, scientific officer European Commission DG Research & Innovation B5 - Social Sciences & Humanities Research SDME 01/021 B-1049 Brussels/Belgium tel.: Fax:


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