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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


9. Youth and the World

9.1 General context

Main concepts

There is no specific concept to illustrate.   

Youth interest in global issues

A large online consultation has been undertaken in the French-speaking Community between May and July 2016: “Generation What?” (Génération Quoi?). The results have showed that young people aged between 18 and 34 in the french-part of Belgium are mainly worried about environment and access to employment.  According to the same survey, 56 % of the young people interrogated say that they are interested to engage in a non-for-profit organisation.  26 % of the young people interrogated have already been engaged in a non-for profit organisation. 80 % of the young people interrogated are favourable to the establishment of the compulsory civil service. At the contrary, the military service does not interest young people.  *As it is an online study, the authors warn that the representativeness of the study sample is not entirely assured. For instance, the participation rate of vulnerable young people may be lower as they are less disposed to answer that kind of studies. The survey was lead in 2016 by the public service broadcaster RTBF with 8.000 young people of 18-34 years old. It was published in 2017.