Mobility and the role of youth information - Eurodesk Survey 2017

Eurodesk’s first European-wide research report has been released. The report focuses on the level of access to youth information about mobility opportunities and tracks young people’s preference in looking for, receiving and engaging with information.

More and more research shows that learning mobility has a positive effect on personal development, on employment and building a sense of European identity. Unfortunately, not everyone manages to access these mobility opportunities because of a series of challenges. The Eurodesk survey shows that financial obstacles remain a widespread obstacle, and that lack of information about opportunities is one of the main reasons for the lack of participation of non-mobile youth respondents (46%).

Media literacy has become a more apparent policy priority with the advancement of digital technology and content. Being able to engage with information is a critical means to be able to participate in society. The survey shows that a loud minority (38%) of the respondents perceive that the level of access to youth information about mobility is either limited or non-existent in their own country. When engaging with content 35% believe the information was easy to find, 44% find the information easy to understand and 56% trusted the information they found.

The research report continues to investigate preferred channels of interaction and receiving information and exploring the expectations young people have on the services provided by mobility advisors and actors working with young people. Lastly it concludes with a chapter of further recommendations for European and national stakeholders.