New study: Global Youth 2013

It is impossible to ignore the roars of the young around the world, as unemployment rates spin out of control and economical, environmental and political crises deepen. According to the ILO, an estimated 73.4 million young people worldwide (12.6%) are expected to be out of work in 2013.

PDF picIn Kairos Future’s survey on the Global Youth, 6500 young voices between 16-29 in eleven countries seem to agree on one point: in order to have a future we need a common goal. And today that goal is not to be seen anywhere.

The discontent among young people around the world cannot be mistaken. In all surveyed countries except Sweden and Russia, the youth is convinced that most people in their generation will be worse off than their parents. A majority also states that society has become too individualistic, and that it is politics that is to blame.

Instead all their dreams and aspirations are focused on another arena – the personal one. The small, close collective: the family. And when it comes to family young people are anything but short-sighted. They want relations that are so strong they will hold a lifetime.

According to them, the achievements that are most worthy of respect are not making lots of money or saving the world, but being a good parent and keeping a family together for years. The small dreams about settling down seem to be the dreams the young can hold onto in turbulent and uncertain times.

GlobalYouth2013 and share your thoughts about the results on Twitter, using #globalyouth2013.