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  • Misleading Trajectories? An Evaluation of the Unintended Effects of Labour Market Integration Policies for Young Adults in Europe ,Final Report


The thematic network 'Misleading Trajectories' has been concerned with the traps of social exclusion within policies addressing young people's transitions to work (school, vocational training, careers advice, social security, labour market programmes). The network (involving Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain) began from the observation that many policies that are intended to 'lead' towards gainful employment, adult status and social integration, are in fact 'misleading in terms of:
- reducing social integration to labour market integration, thus neglecting young adults' subjective perspectives and leading to a "waste" of motivation;
- not considering the change of labour societies and reducing the "mismatch" between supply and demand to an individualised "pedagogisation" of labour market problems.

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