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Becoming an Adult in Europe

It’s time to provide more cross-sectorial support to young people

Becoming an Adult in Europe

Key messages:

  • Policy proposals for young Europeans should be based on a life course perspective. Challenges faced by individuals should be seen as a consequence of a series of intertwined life events that occur within particular policy, socio-economic and cultural contexts.
  • Independence in young adulthood should be viewed as a multi-dimensional concept, which includes residential, economic and psychological independence. 
  • Securing employment for young people should remain a top priority on the European policy agenda. However, stable and well-paid jobs, and income protection should be promoted equally. 
  • In terms of housing, leaving the parental home does not mean that individuals have reached full residential independence. A stable and sustainable housing situation should be the target.
  • Local initiatives supporting young people should be further promoted. These should be sensitive to individuals’ gender, ethnicity and education.





Berrington, A., Billari, F., Thévenon, O. & Vono de Vilhena, D. (2017). Becoming an Adult in Europe. It’s time to provide more cross-sectorial support to young people. Population & Policy Compact 13, Berlin: Max Planck Society/Population Europe.