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New Policies to Promote Youth Inclusion

Accommodation of diversity in the Nordic Welfare States

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This report examines changes over time among young adults who have experienced particular difficulties in achieving and retaining paid work in the ordinary labour market: youth with family background from non-Nordic countries and youth with disabilities in the Nordic countries. The report identifies processes and mechanisms enabling or preventing the labour market prospects of the two youth groups. The report focuses on policy measures aiming at tackling demand-side barriers to employment for the two youth groups. While available data have not made it possible to determine robust evidence of an effect (positive or negative) of the social regulation policies for the employment of vulnerable youth groups in statistical terms, the report identifies processes and mechanisms through which social regulation policies make a difference.

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Introduction

Changing conditions for labour market inclusion

This report examines changes over time among two categories of young adults that have experienced particular difficulties in achieving and retaining paid work in the ordinary labour market: youth with family background from non-Nordic countries and youth with disabilities in the Nordic countries. The report identifies processes and mechanisms enabling or preventing the labour market prospects of the two youth groups. The report focuses on policy measures aiming at tackling demand-side barriers to employment for the two youth groups. This chapter argues that inclusion in the labour market depends on several interrelated processes. First we examine the changing conditions for labour market participation. Second, we identify the challenges for the labour market inclusion of young adults. Third, we explain the policy relevance of comparing the Nordic countries. Fourth, we account for the more specific aims and scope of the report and the choice of terminology. Fifth, we conclude by summarising what the report aims at.

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