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Most young Europeans feel marginalised by the crisis, says Eurobarometer poll

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17/05/2016
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More than half of young Europeans aged 16-30 feel marginalised in their own country due to the economic crisis, but few want to move abroad because of it, finds the latest Eurobarometer poll, commissioned by the European Parliament and last week. Nevertheless, for almost all respondents it is important to learn about the EU and how its institutions work.

This Eurobarometer survey, for which 10,294 Europeans aged 16-30 were interviewed in the 28 EU member states between 9 and 25 April 2016, found marked differences among countries on most of the issues addressed.

Feelings of marginalisation and desire to leave

Unsurprisingly, young people from countries directly affected by the crisis feel more excluded than in others. However, in the EU as a whole, few young people (15%) really feel compelled to leave their country because of the crisis; here too, national results are very disparate. Young Britons do not feel as marginalised by the crisis and an average European (53% compared to EU average of 57%) and they are substantially less likely to want to leave Britain with only 28% expressing clear interest in studying, training or working abroad.

Importance of learning about the EU and voting in European elections

90% of all respondents feel it is important to learn about the EU and how its institutions work and just over half (51%) say that voting in European elections is the best way to participate effectively in public life in the EU.

Social media "progress for democracy"

Among young Europeans, who are very active on social networks, a relative majority (46%) believe that these networks represent “progress for democracy, because they allow everyone to take part in public debate”. By contrast, 27% believe they represent “a risk for democracy, because of the inappropriate use that may be made of personal data”.

The full Eurobarometer survey can be downloaded from our website here