Will Martin

By the numbers: A global ‘Neet’ problem that needs tidying up

The proportions of young people ‘not in education, employment or training’ vary considerably around the world – with some stark differences when native-born youngsters are compared with immigrant young people

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Young immigrants in the UK are only marginally more likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or training) than their native-born peers, a study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows. In most countries, foreign-born young people are somewhat more likely to be out of work or education.

But in the UK, the NEET rates for 15- to 29-year-olds who were born in the UK and for those who are foreign-born are very similar – 14.2 per cent and 14.5 per cent respectively.

Wide variations

Only three countries – Chile, Ireland and Israel – had a higher proportion ...

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