This volume is concerned a number of issues related to the entry of young people into the labour market. It is a tough time to be a young European seeking to enter the world of work – it can reasonably be argued that young people have been particularly hard hit by the recession – and a number of the chapters included here are directly concerned with the effects of the recession on young people's choices. More generally, the contributions to this volume treat issues which, whilst undoubtedly important, have thus far received less attention than they arguably deserve.