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The European Youth Guarantee and Its Uptake among Roma Youth in Bulgaria

The 2008 financial crisis severely affected European youth. In the context of economic instability and a process of EU economy recovery, issues of transitioning from school to work among young Europeans exacerbated. To respond to such negative trends, the EU adopted the Youth Guarantee (YG) so that young EU citizens (usually between the ages of 15-24) can receive good-quality employment offers and offers for employment-enhancement activities. Implemented EU-wide in 2013 and 2014, the Youth Guarantee has mainly targeted the group of young EU citizens who are out of education, employment or training. In some member states (such as Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Spain) youth in underprivileged positions and ethnic minorities, such as Roma, are in the position of being eligible for support through the YG.

In September 2017, the Center for the Study of Democracy, in collaboration with partners from Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, started an initiative to support the outreach and uptake of the measures of the YG by Roma youth in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania. In the framework of the initiative, the partners are conducting fieldwork research, report on the level of outreach of the YG among Roma youth, and are organizing advocacy efforts at local, regional and national levels.

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