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Jean Dautrey


New acronyms, which the Oxford Dictionary defines as “abbreviations formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word as they spell,”1 keep popping up. One that has been receiving much attention lately is NEET, which stands for Not in Employment, Education, or Training, in reference to young people, 15-24 years old and unemployed; a growing legion these days. According to OECD figures, the NEETs in developed countries now number 26 million. The International Labor Organization reports that 75 million young people globally are looking for a job. World Bank surveys suggest that 262 million young people in emerging markets are economically inactive. Whichever way you measure them, the number of young people idle is high and alarming. As the late Margaret Thatcher used to say, “Young people ought not to be idle. It is very bad for them.” Not just for them but also for their countries. The anger of the young jobless is bursting into the streets of many countries and in the rich world, crime is on the rise. An entire generation may be lost.


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Dautrey, J. (2014). Editorial. AU-GSB E-JOURNAL, 6(1). Retrieved from http://www.assumptionjournal.au.edu/index.php/AU-GSB/article/view/457