youth unemployment

The Challenge of Solidarity

The Catholic Church throughout Europe is making its voice heard on the important subject of youth unemployment.

Across Europe, against a backdrop of widespread concern about unemployment, young people are paying a heavy price for an economic crisis they did not cause, with higher unemployment rates than the rest of the population. Whilst youth unemployment existed already before the financial and economic crisis the average unemployment rate in EU countries is now twice as high for young people as other age categories, with several member states having youth unemployment rates in excess of 50%.

In this section you can read the Church's response - put forward by Justitia et Pax, a Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions in the Catholic Church, re-visit the teaching of the Church, and read about the Church's responsibility and the responsibilities of states and governments to tackle this problem.

teaching

Responsibilities

What is the responsibility of our Christian communities when faced with large-scale unemployment, described by Pope John Paul II as ”a real social disaster”...Read more

churches

Church Networks

As Churches, we have to offer, wherever possible, the possibility for young people to set up concrete networks of solidarity and partnership. We are also cha...Read more

Institutions

Governments

As Churches, we have to offer, wherever possible, the possibility for young people to set up concrete networks of solidarity and partnership. We are also cha...Read more