Beyond Lockdown: the ‘pandemic scar’ on young people

What is it?

This report from the European Youth Forum examines the deep social, economic, and also mental health challenges young people are facing as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

  • The report is based on a secondary analysis of data from the Decent Jobs for Youth: Global Survey 2020 on Youth & COVID-19. (ILO, 18 March 2020)
  • A series of participatory focus groups and interviews with young people in marginalized situations from across Europe.
  • A literature review of national policy responses to COVID-19.
  • A policy co-production workshop with youth organizations, NGOs, and young people



It analyses how the pandemic and lockdown measures have already severely affected young people’s work and income, education and learning, and mental health and wellbeing. 

This research is based on the findings of a survey of 4,500 young people across Europe as well as focus groups to get more detailed feedback from young people on their experiences. It aims to investigate promising practices as well as gaps in the institutional response, and identify key recommendations for the way forward.