4.3 Strategy for the social inclusion of young people
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The existing policies and measures with regard to social inclusion are part of different programmes and policies. An overall national strategy on social inclusion of young people does not exist in Luxembourg. However, promoting social inclusion is an important aim of the National Plan for a Green, Digital and Inclusive Transition. This document highlights 15 different Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The following SDG are of particular importance with regard to social inclusion of young people:
- SDG 1 - End povery in all its forms everywhere (e.g. Implementation of the National strategy against homelessness and housing-related social exclusion (Stratégie nationale contre le sans-abrisme et l'exclusion liée au logement 2013-2020) in order to reduce homelessness and housing exclusion
- SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (e.g. Continued efforts to combat academic failure and drop-outs)
- SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all (e.g. Further development and refinement of the Youth guarantee programme, especially regarding the launching mechanism for NEET).
With regard to SDG 1, a mid-term evaluation of the National strategy against homelessness and housing-related social exclusion was published in 2017 (MFI, 2017). A final external evaluation of the strategy will review the implementation of the measures recommended in the strategy and the achievement of objectives, analyse the effects of this implementation, draw conclusions, and make recommendations.
1. Youth guarantee programme
The Youth guarantee programme has been implemented in Luxembourg since 2014. The main target groups of the Youth guarantee programme are principally young people with NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) profiles.
The programme focuses on inactive or unemployed young people between 16 and 24 years of age (for further details see: Youth Guarantee).
With regard to social inclusion policy for young people, the main focus of the Youth guarantee programme lies in the promotion of:
- Measures favouring young people's transition from academic to professional life
- Measures motivating young people to return to school.
2. National strategy against homelessness and housing-related social exclusion
The Luxembourg government has endorsed the national strategy against homelessness and housing exclusion for the years 2013–2020. Two action fields in this policy specifically address the homelessness of children and young people:
- Action field 2 of this strategy aims at preventing young people's homelessness and offering assistance to young people in distress and homeless young people
- Action field 3 addresses homeless young people between the ages of 18 and 30 years in Luxembourgish municipalities.
3. National Action Plan on Integration
The National Action Plan on Integration was created in 2018 to provide a framework for projects and tools to promote social cohesion between Luxembourgers and non-Luxembourgers. Priorities include improving the employability of non-Luxembourgers, promoting education, training and language learning for non-Luxembourgers, strengthening local actors to implement integration policies in municipalities and promoting intercultural exchanges. Children and young people are one of the main target groups, especially with the aim of linguistic and school integration.
4. National Action Plan for Promotion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Rights
In 2018, the Luxembourg government created a plan to promote the rights of LGBTI persons. It aims to collect and coordinate existing and future actions. It covers 8 thematic areas: Education, Employment and Work, Health, Family, Reception and Integration, Discrimination, Equality of Transgender Persons and Equality of Intersex persons. Actions that particularly affect young people are:
- inclusive and equitable education for all learners
- equal rights for transgender persons.
The Youth guarantee programme is coordinated by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy.
The National strategy against homelessness and housing-related social exclusion, the National Action Plan on Integration and the National Action Plan for the Promotion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Rights are coordinated by the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region.
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