National youth policy falls within the scope of the ministry of Education, Children and Youth and is regulated by the department of youth within this ministry.
The first legal basis for youth policy was introduced in 2008 by the 2008 Youth Law. This law sets the frame for youth policy-making and states the main objectives and guiding principles of youth policy in Luxembourg.
According to the 2008 Youth Law, youth policy in Luxembourg is guided by 3 strategic orientations: participatory, transversal and evidence-based:
- Participatory youth policy means that youth policy is defined with participation of youth representatives and stakeholders from the youth field
- Transversal means that, as a cross-sectorial policy, youth policy aims at cooperating with other relevant ministries and departments in charge of youth-specific policies
- Evidence-based youth policy implies that outcomes of scientific research, i.e. the national report on the situation of young people, present a main basis for defining the action fields and objectives of the youth policies.
The revised Youth Law of 2016 introduced several important modifications, such as the implementation of a system of quality assurance in the field of non-formal learning and youth work.
The Youth Pact published in 2012 has defined the national youth strategy guiding governmental political action relating to youth for the period between 2012 and 2014. It was driven by the above-mentioned strategic orientations. The Youth Pact was elaborated in close cooperation with youth representatives and includes inter-ministerial policies and reference to the results of the youth report.
The second Youth Pact, published in 2017, defines the youth strategy and its corresponding political actions for the period from 2017 to 2020.
Ratio (%) of young people in the total population (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_020 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].
Absolute number of young people on 1 January for the age group 15-29 (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_010 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].
Ratio (%) of men and women in the youth population (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_020 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].
Young immigrants from non-EU countries (2016): Eurostat, yth_demo_070 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].