‘Tragedy of lost EU youth’ – How Britain SHAMES bloc on jobs as children ‘brainwashed’

Pro- think tank Facts4EU’s latest report, entitled “How UK’s performance has shamed EU – Tragedy of EU’s lost youth”, used figures from Eurostat, the ’s statistics division, to highlight shockingly high average levels of youth in the EU27 in comparison with the UK. Last year, the average percentage of people and 16 to 24 who were without a job stood at 16.8 percent, compared with 11.8 percent for Britain – in other words, 42 percent higher as a proportion of the UK figure.

Throughout the course of the 21st century, youth unemployment within the EU has been on average 26 percent higher than in Britain, and in 2016, the year of the Brexit referendum, it was a whopping 52 percent higher.

A chart produced by Facts4EU indicates that last year’s figure for the UK – 11.8 percent – was dwarfed by numerous EU countries, including Spain (38.3 percent), Italy (29.4 percent) and France (20.2 percent).

Report author David Evans said: “For years youth unemployment across the EU has been shameful.”

Mr Evans added: “The EU Commission indulges in youth parliaments and youth communication reach-outs, while ordinary young people across the EU simply want to find gainful employment.

“For years Facts4EU.Org has reported on the tragedy of the very high levels of youth unemployment in many parts of the EU.

“Our chart of the EU average in this century disguises the serious situation in many EU countries, where a generation has been deeply affected.”

Mr Evans explained: “During this time the UK has also suffered youth unemployment and most people would agree that the rate is too high.

“This almost pales into insignificance when looking at the record in many EU countries, however.

“In almost half of the EU in the last 20 years, an average of between one in five and one in three young people have been jobless.”

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