More Youth Poverty

The number of young people living in poverty in Sweden has nearly doubled over the last decade, according to a new report from the Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs.

Sweden has one of the highest levels of youth unemployment in the European Union and that is leading to increased health problems as well as mounting debts, a spokesperson, Inger Ashing, told Swedish Radio news.

“Many young people who are unemployed become ill as a result and many are worried about their situation. Health is connected to your ability to support yourself,” she said.

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Since 2001, the number of young people earning less than 60 per cent of the Swedish average has almost doubled. According to the latest figures for 2009, more than 20 per cent more young people became bankrupt compared to the year before.  

The National Board for Youth Affairs recommends  that public authorities join forces more when it comes to job creation and that there is greater emphasis on training and education.

"It's particularly serious when young people cannot get into the job market, they have very little chance of supporting themselves. And that influences their ability to get a place to stay, and to build a family and lead an adult life," said Ashing.


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