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4. Social Inclusion

4.1 General context

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Main challenges to social inclusion
  2. Definitions and concepts

Main challenges to social inclusion

The State Youth Council is a consultative body attached to the Ministry of Education and Culture, and it provides expertise young people’s living conditions. Based on the research generated by the Council, being employed and / or involved in education are the most important elements supporting social inclusion. Recently more attention has also been given to support minorities who more often face negative reactions from others and from society in general. The State Youth Council has also pointed out that the effects and longitudinal impacts of the COVID 19 epidemic on the lives of young people are not yet known (Based on E-mail correspondence on 11.10.2021 from the State Youth Council).

Definitions and concepts

Several definitions and concepts relating to social inclusion, which are used in Finland, are rooted in the European discussion. Therefore, there are no significant country-specific definitions and concepts. For example, the use of concepts as social inclusion, social exclusion and the NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training), are defined similarly in most of the European countries.