Social Sciences

Monitoring the pulse of youth

Developed by the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research, the Youth Survey Luxembourg collects data on different aspects of the lives of young people aged 16 to 29 every 5 years .The findings help policy-makers in their decisions as well as researchers.

Luxembourg, like many other countries, understood that young people are the building blocks of its future. In order to take care of this great asset, the country must consider and understand its young population. To develop adequate youth policies, Luxembourg has been taking the pulse of its young population for quite some time.

Nevertheless, national reports on the situation of youth in Luxembourg noted a need for more data on young people living in the country. This would enable to address relevant questions such as how young people in Luxembourg evaluate their life, what they feel, what they think or aspire to – and ultimately to facilitate evidence-based policy-making.

2019 to (at least) 2025

In this context, the Youth Survey Luxembourg has been implemented as a cooperation project between the University of Luxembourg and the Ministère de l’Education Nationale, de l’Enfance et de la Jeunesse. It aims to provide evidence on different aspects of young people´s lives in the country, such as their health, political participation and social engagement, among other topics. The first wave of data was collected in 2019 and the second one is already planned for 2023/24. 

The analysis of this unique data source provides much needed evidence for the quinquennial National Report on the Situation of Youth in Luxembourg and other ongoing research projects at the University. Additionally, it will enable a rich set of research findings, which will help other specialists, researchers and government to develop better policies and improve young people´s lives in Luxembourg. The researchers hope to publish their first results this fall.

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