France is going through one of its worst recessions in decades with high youth unemployment which many other European countries are also grappling with.
France’s National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies(INSEE) revealed earlier this month that the country ' s overall unemployment rate has reached a 14 - year high of 10.8 percent. However, for the younger generation, the situation is even worse as one in four French youths are jobless and cannot find any source of income. An estimated 1.9 million French youths aged between 15 to 29 are known as NEETS which means neither in employment, nor in education, or in training. The overall youth unemployment rate in the European Union stood at 24.4 percent in April, forcing hundreds of thousands of young Europeans to leave the southern parts of the region in the hope of better livelihood. Many of them have settled in Germany, where there is a need for migrant workers since its own fertility rate of 1.4 children per mother is not enough to keep the country’s economy afloat. In an attempt to curb the worsening youth unemployment, European authorities want southern countries to adopt German policies, a move, which experts warn could seriously backfire.
“It is always a difficult and a dangerous thing to copy and paste practices from one country to[another]. Right now everyone is talking about Germany because its unemployment rate for the youth is low between six and seven percent, ” said researcher Michele Rescourio - Gilabert.
“But countries like Spain and France [have] to understand that the German education system is completely different,” she added.