The main finding of this study is that few young unemployed people are socially excluded, even in countries such as Italy and Spain which have extremely high unemployment. It is also found that young unemployed people, particularly those who have experienced financial deprivation, have a higher risk of marginalisation in some areas. The data generally reveal how complicated for the young unemployed the transition from youth to adulthood is. Italian unemployed youth do not experience financial deprivation and do, in fact, enjoy high levels of wellbeing. Young people in a difficult financial situation often face many other problems that can inhibit effective job search and consequently reduce the probability of employment. In Britain, nearly 30% of the age cohort leaves school at 16 years old, often without any alternatives; the situation is also difficult in Finland.
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