Almost 2 million people aged under 30 live in Slovakia, 37 percent of the overall population. More than 70 percent of them would prefer to live in a different country, according to the Strategy for Young People for 2014-20 which was approved by the cabinet on April 23.
The document drawn up by the Education, Science, Research and Sport Ministry states that the government needs to spend more money on implementing policies that would influence young people in their everyday lives, boost their quality of life, reduce their social dependency and support their autonomy in order to “make Slovakia a country in which young people will want to stay”, the TASR newswire quoted from the strategy.
Around 34 percent of the young people [under 25] in Slovakia were jobless at the end of 2012, which made the country the sixth worst in the EU in this respect. The government spends around 1 percent of GDP on reducing unemployment among young people per year. The report states that it’s principally the social situation that causes young Slovaks to leave their parents’ homes late - men aged 30-35, and women aged 28-30.
In order to boost employment among young people, the government wants to introduce a systematic career consultancy; to increase direct subsidies and deduction bonuses for companies that employ young people, and to support entrepreneurial activities among the young.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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24. Apr 2014 at 14:00