International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online)

Who’s The Greek Neet? Neets’ Profile in Greece: Parameters, Trends and Common Characteristics of a Heterogeneous Group
Maria Drakaki, Nikos Papadakis, Argyris Kyridis, Antonis Papargyris

Abstract
The paper deals with the socially vulnerable group of NEETs both in Europe and Greece. Especially, it focuses on the building and the outlining of the Greek NEET socio-economic and psychological profile, which based on the qualitative and quantitative findings research of the Project: “Absents’ Barometer: NEETs in Greece”. The first two parts of this paper focus on the impact of multilevel economic recession on youths aged 15-24 and on the state of play regarding NEETs in Europe. In the last parts are briefly presented the main findings and conclusions of the Project referring to the Greek NEET’s profile. Specifically, most Greek NEETs are women, aged 20-24 and with previous professional experience. The majority of both the NEETs and their parents have a low to moderate educational level and a low family income. Furthermore, they are unmarried, with no children and they live with their family. They are pessimistic and disappointed by the Greek educational system, the state and the political personnel. NEETs blame them for their difficult living conditions. They firmly believe that there is no Greek welfare state and social equality. However, NEETs do not feel socially excluded because of their family and friends. Finally, many of them are thinking about emigrating or immigrating.

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