The majority of young Cypriots and Greeks believe that they have been marginalised and excluded from economic and social life by the ongoing crisis, according to a Eurobarometer survey conducted ahead of the European Parliament elections next month.
The survey, carried out among young Europeans aged 16-30 in the 28 EU member states, addressed the five main themes of the European Youth Event (EYE) which will be held in Strasbourg on May 9-11: youth and employment, the digital revolution, the future of the EU, sustainable development and European values.
A total of 79% of young Cypriots and 87% in Greece said they have been marginalised due to the economic crisis. The average in the EU was 57%.
Some 51% of Cypriots said they were being forced to go to another EU country to study or work while 49% said they didn’t.
Asked about the biggest challenges the EU and their country face in the next years and need to be handled, a total of 64% Cypriots said unemployment, 26% said tax evasion, 25% said illegal immigration, 20% said social imbalances and 16% said public debt.
On the best ways to effectively participate in EU public life, 33% of Cypriots said this could be done by voting in the European elections, 46% said by helping the needy, 19% said by taking part in political debates in websites or social media and 15% advocated participation in public life and joining political parties.
A third, or 35% of Cypriots want to start their own business but know it is too difficult and only 8% started their own business and 4% tried to start one, while 15% said they plan to try to start their own business in the next years.
As far as social media and public life are concerned, 44% of Cypriots believe these represent progress for democracy because they allow everyone to take part in public debates, while 36% said the opposite, that they believe these represent a risk for democracy because of the inappropriate use that may be made of personal data.
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