Malta’s youth inactivity rate 3rd lowest in the EU

Across Europe, an average of 12.4% of young people are neither working nor enrolled in education, with Malta faring much better at just 7.5%.

Through its social rights strategy, the European Union aims to get young people into work or education, with a target of reducing the NEET (not in education, employment, or training) rate to 9% by 2030. Eurostat data shows only a third of EU countries have achieved this yet, and Malta is proudly among them.


In fact, Malta has the third lowest rate of inactive youths in Europe. This is because only 7.5% of Maltese and Gozitan youths are neither studying nor working. Across Europe the rate stands at 12.4%. The highest rate is that in Romania, where almost 21% of young people are inactive. They are followed by Italy, where the rate is 18%, and even young Greeks have a similar rate.


The rate of inactive youth in Malta has been falling steadily. In fact, in 2012 it was almost 14%, or almost double the current rate. With the introduction of labour activation policies, such as the youth guarantee, this problem has started to be tackled, so much so that Malta ended up becoming one of the best performers across Europe. Only the Netherlands and Sweden have better results than Malta.

Photo: Vlada Karpovich

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