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4. Social Inclusion

4.8 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 5 March 2024
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Ongoing debates

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken in its context on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds has been increasingly thematised. As schools have been moved to remote learning for months and activities from private associations (e.g. sport clubs) have been repeatedly put on hold, an increase of social disadvantages is feared. The Austrian debate on reopening and recovery has increasingly taken note of the issue, and as a first response the reopening of schools has been prioritised. Further action to mitigate the social consequences of the crisis is under discussion.