Young people in Europe have been disproportionally affected by unemployment as a result of the economic crisis and a large number of the most disadvantaged are migrant youth, or those of a different ethnic origin, living in deprived city neighbourhoods. This book examines the need for more appropriate interventions aimed at improving the inclusion of young people in the labour market, bringing together theoretical reflections and empirical evidence on emerging innovative policies and practices.

Using case studies from across Europe, it asks how effectively innovative interventions respond to the specific needs, motivations, aspirations and strategies of unemployed and vulnerable youth within the contextual conditions of the welfare state and locality. It also provides a new theory of the effectiveness of interventions.

As social exclusion remains high among young people in Europe, Effective Interventions for Unemployed Young People in Europe is essential reading for policymakers and practitioners. This book demonstrates where we can look for effective innovative interventions and how these can potentially add up to large-scale social innovation. It is also a crucial resource for academics and students interested in social and labour inclusion measures.

chapter |9 pages


ByTomáš Sirovátka, Henk Spies, Jill Robinson, Ajmal Hussain, Helen Higson

chapter 1|19 pages

A new perspective on activating young people

ByTomáš Sirovátka, Henk Spies

chapter 2|14 pages

A theory of effective policies on social exclusion

ByHenk Spies

chapter 3|20 pages

The Loft

ByJill Robinson, Ajmal Hussain, Helen Higson, Gemma Commane

chapter 4|20 pages

The Loft

Shelter of Ideas in Athens
ByMaria Pothoulaki, Pyrros Papadimitriou

chapter 5|19 pages

Learning by Working

ByTomáš Sirovátka, Jana Válková, Ondřej Hora

chapter 7|17 pages

Entrepreneurs of their own lives

Buzinezzclub Rotterdam as an alternative route to the social inclusion of young people
ByMaarten Davelaar, Henk Spies

chapter 8|19 pages

The Youth Employment Agency in Hamburg

A needs-oriented service innovation?
ByAnne-Marie Gehrke, Simon Güntner

chapter 9|17 pages

Brightful in Malmö

Finding one’s own way
ByJonas Alwall, Pia Hellberg Lannerheim

chapter 10|19 pages

Comparing innovative policies and practices for activating young people

ByTomáš Sirovátka, Henk Spies, Jana Válková, Ondřej Hora

chapter 11|10 pages


Towards a paradigm shift in activating young people
ByTomáš Sirovátka, Jana Válková, Henk Spies