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The study focus on a number of different research questions which ultimately help to provide an explanation of the ways in which unemployment experiences may lead to social marginalisation or exclusion in seven countries in northern Europe.
Surveys were carried out among representative samples of 2,000-4,000 young unemployed people in Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Scotland.
The response rate in the surveys reached 73 per cent in Finland, 60 per cent in Iceland, 56 per cent in Norway, 63 per cent in Sweden, 55% in Scotland and 79 percent in Denmark. The entire sample consists of 8600 unemployed young people, aged 18-24 years. The study is based on national representative samples of young people who all of them had been unemployed for at least three months. At the time of the interview - 6 to 12 months after the sampling had taken place - they were either within or outside the labour market. Some of them had succeeded in finding a job, had started studying, were participating in an employment scheme, or they were still unemployed.
In Ireland, the researchers were denied access to the unemployment register. It was therefore impossible to use the same survey design. The Irish research team therefore used the ECHP (European Community Household Panel) data from Ireland and eight other European countries of unemployed youth in the same age group.

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