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4. Social Inclusion

4.8 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Forthcoming policy developments
  2. Ongoing debates

Forthcoming policy developments

There are no forthcoming policy developments.

Ongoing debates

For young people, finding adequate housing is quite different from finding a first access to the labour market. Housing policies have not been targeting young people to the same extent as policies aimed at labour market accession.

For each area (housing, childcare and family support, social assistance, youth work) different measures have been implemented to support young people so that they can live independently. However, these measures have developed from a variety of traditions. Consequently, there is no 'young people and housing' policy as such.

Although, over the past two years there have been initiatives to deal with this issue, as a result of the increased collaboration between the ministries of housing and of education, children and youth. Some initial housing projects have been set up specifically for young people.

The challenge in this field remains to create a proper government policy that combines 'young people and housing', to continue increasing the available provision for young people and to link up all the players involved.

Linking everyone will make it possible to work on different areas, such as encouraging alternative forms of housing, ensuring consistency in the measures aimed at young people and making sure that the information directed towards them meets their needs and fits with how they communicate.

School policy is an important subject in the political and public discourse. Primary and secondary schools are facing many challenges with regard to integration and social inclusion of their very diverse pupils. The Ministry of Education, Children and Youth has implemented many projects that aim at strengthening the social inclusion of pupils from different linguistic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Another more general debate is about the increase of economic inequalities in Luxembourg and the consequences for the young generation. Research shows, that socio-economic resources is a key explanatory factor for many outcomes (e.g. health, participation, transition pathways) (MENJE & UL, 2021; MENJE & UL, 2015). It is expected that the rising inflation will affect young people with low socio-economic resources more severely and further aggravate their living situation and future prospects.