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Insights into social inclusion and digitalisation

Can digitalisation help us to tackle existing inequalities, or does it leave some young people even further behind?

This publication explores the extent to which digitalisation can support the process of social inclusion for various groups of young people, particularly those who face multidimensional barriers, such as youth with disabilities; youth who are not in employment, education or training (NEET); young refugees and migrants; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) youth; young women and girls; youth suffering from substance abuse or dependency; young people from minority ethnic, racial or religious backgrounds; socio-economically marginalised youth; homeless youth; youth in abusive households and those who have committed or have been a victim of crime.

The authors of this Insights examine, using the literature review and data collected through the survey, the policy instruments developed by European, national and local authorities, aimed at addressing social inclusion within the context of growing digitalisation. They further explore and present existing digital platforms, online tools and educational and training opportunities available to young people and youth workers or teachers and critically look at the opportunities and risks associated with social inclusion of young people as they face increasing digitalisation.

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