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Eurofound report: Reactivate: Employment opportunities for economically inactive people

Raising employments rates across the EU has long been a priority of Member States. Employment policies, which aim to support the increased employment levels of the population, often tend to focus on unemployed people however, rather than targeting those who are economically inactive.

According to the International Labour Organization, people are economically inactive if they are not working, not seeking work and/or not available for work. While unemployed people are relatively well-studied and the principal target of many employment strategies, this is less the case for the inactive population, despite increasing evidence that many people who are economically inactive also have labour market potential.

To support the increased employment opportunities available for economically inactive people Eurofound found have released their latest report: Reactivate: Employment opportunities for economically inactive people.’
The objectives of this report are:

  • to examine the groups within the inactive population that are finding it difficult to enter or re-enter the labour market and why;
  • to investigate the strategies that Member States are implementing to promote the inclusion of those outside the labour market.

The report maps the characteristics and living conditions of these groups, discusses their willingness to work and examines the barriers that prevent them from doing so. The report also looks at strategies being implemented by Member States to promote the inclusion of those outside the labour market. It highlights that many inactive people would like to work in some capacity, particularly students and homemakers. Stressing the importance of focusing on the specific needs of the inactive population in designing and implementing effective strategies for their labour market integration, the report argues that Member States should fully implement the 2008 European Commission Recommendation on the active inclusion of people excluded from the labour market.
To read the full report, click here