The system is clearly not working for young people in Italy and across much of the EU. The welfare state and immigration have in the past been linked to purposelessness and a hostile environment for raising families, respectively. The environment results in Italy having a Total Fertility Rate (TRF) of 1.43 children born per woman (2016 est.), well below the 2.1 replacement level.
Nearly one-in-four young Italians are neither employed, in education nor training (NEET), latest figures reveal.
The data, obtained to mark the UN-organised International Youth Day on August 12, shows 24.3 percent of 15-29 year olds in Italy face this bleak predicament – the highest proportion recorded in the European Union.
Yet there are grounds for optimism.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Italy (IT) is estimated to have a population of 60.7 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.1% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0.3 million.