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The EU-Council of Europe youth partnership continues to host and update the Knowledge HUB: Covid-19 impact on the youth sector containing data and information sources on research related to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on young people.

In 2021, the monitoring and analytical work of the youth partnership aimed to enrich findings, identify gaps and draw relevant conclusions for European and national initiatives on adapting youth policy and youth work practice.

Almost two years after the first Covid-19 cases appeared in Europe, this second meta-analysis summarises the main research findings on impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the young people’s access to education, employment, mental health, social and youth services, participation, youth work and youth organisations, gathered up to December 2021.

It provides insights into related policy responses from the global, European and national perspectives, where applicable.

The concept of a “Covid-19/lockdown generation” has emerged to describe how young people may be scarred for decades to come, in terms of labour market and mental health outcomes (ILO 2021), implying the need to have a specific focus on this generation of young people in developing strategies and policy responses to address the consequences of the pandemic.

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