4. Social Inclusion
Policy aspects of social inclusion are the responsibility of three ministries: the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. There are three national strategies that foster social inclusion for all youth. They concern tackling poverty, financial support by municipalities and education. They are described in Paragraph 4.3. Other main challenges to deal with are the social inclusion of young people with disabilities and the decentralization of social policy.
Government and private organizations have taken several steps to tackle labour market discrimination, to safeguard democracy, to prevent radicalization and extremism and to promote young people’s rights (Paragraph 4.5). Youth work plays an important role in social inclusion of young people. Most youth work happens at local level and in each municipality it is organized differently. The municipality provides subsidies to youth work organizations. Programmes at local level are mostly directed towards young people at risk.