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Besard Hoxha

On youth mobility

The European Union has spent in the last decade millions of Euros in trying to offer valuable educative
programs targeting youth, the effects of which are yet to be seen. But what certainly was missing in it
was a similar programme that would serve as an incentive to create professional skills and a better
organized environment for young Europeans to develop their talents.
The bigger problem in the European Union related to youth unemployment is not simplified in terms of
of numbers, where around 24% of young Europeans remain unoccupied, but what is devastating for the
whole society is how talent and skill is going to waste. The EU is heading into completing a decade of
state of recession and slow economic growth.
The EU labor market needs to be tailored in such a way where the countries can serve as
complementary to each other without causing massive immigration. In the last 25 years a lot of money
has been poured into unifying Europe in many areas, one of them its youth. After having developed
exchange and interaction among youth, what better environment could there be to apply better
economic policies that enhance youth to benefit from mobility. But policies are not enough, better
stimulations needs to be created to fight unemployment.
EU needs to adapt a strategy of mobility combined with internal outsourcing to fill the gaps of some of
its members with the overflowing talent and skill in other countries. While EU already prepared itself
with social mobility, I believe economic mobility is a matter of action.
The United States is planning to apply a similar strategy, when Barack Obama called for action on
boosting Economic Mobility. Thus when another super power is following a similar path what better
encouragement and optimism can you find other than this. The EU needs to look for micro-economic
models outside and apply them with a less conservative mindset. It is this conservative mindset that has
lengthened the effects of the recession and has damaged a whole generation of young 20s which have
missed the tranquility of paving e better life.
I believe that mobility will definitely heal the wounds of the recession without causing migration
problems if it is all well thought and well planned. I remember a discussion I had 10 years ago with a
family friend in Devon, UK, as I was a teenager. This family friend was telling me how stupid migration
policies are because while you stop migrants coming in, the more they come and the less you control
them. But if countries would make deals with each other, they would control migration and they would
tailor their labour market to their needs without causing social frustration. The last thing he added was
that there is nothing like your home. The reason why I recall this discussion is that mobility has the best
conditions to happen and its impact can be tremendous. The economic map of Europe has changed a lot
in the last 200 years and there needs to be no fear of mobility. There has been a time when the south of
Europe was in economic prosperity and there are times when the north of Europe is in that position.
I hope that mobility will be the solution to restoring hope and opportunity in Europe.

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