An end to the marginalisation of youth

Each marginalised young person is one too many. Each one will cost the society 1.2 million euro during his or her lifetime, not to mention the cost in human suffering. Marginalisation cannot be solved by schematic solutions, such as extending the compulsory education by raising the upper age limit.

Any young person who is at risk of becoming marginalised needs tailor-made solutions. Any young person who is without a place to study following comprehensive school should be reached, ultimately, at their home, and provided with a relevant educational or practical training track that aims at entry into working life.

Operational models that provide the young person with continued support must be taken into use. These involve one adult taking responsibility for the overall well-being of this young person rather than him or her being bounced around from one office to the next.

Conscription in the defence forces should be developed into a system of 'future call-ups' for the entire age class, including young women. These call-ups would give young people the opportunity to not only review the options for the completion of their military obligation, but also to discuss, with professionals in different fields, any issues about their future and to get guidance and support for their problems.