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A Generation in Distress: Perspectives of Young People in Bulgaria and Southeast Europe
A Generation in Distress: Perspectives of Young People in Bulgaria and Southeast Europe

Author(s): Magdalena Preshlenova
Subject(s): Civil Society, Labor relations, Social development, Social differentiation, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Südosteuropa Gesellschaft e.V.
Keywords: Youth; Bulgaria; Southeast Europe;

Summary/Abstract: The current socio-political and economic environment places Europe’s youth in a burdensome position. The financial crisis from the past decade, as well as the remnants of the political transitions after the fall of communism in Southeast Europe, have spelled some of the worst conditions for young people in historic terms, particularly in this region.Youth unemployment is unprecedentedly high. The education system seems to fail in providing young people with the skills and knowledge to succeed. Governments are perceived as vastly detached from the issues relevant to their youngest constituencies. Political apathy is rampant. In the present environment, perspectives of young people are increasingly important, as they signal the urgent areas of action and can navigate social research and government policy. The present paper provides an overview of the current attitudes among young people in Bulgaria and Southeast Europe based on previous research and personal observation, filling some of the existing gaps in common perceptions of young citizens.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 05-06
  • Page Range: 58-66
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English