Today’s youth population is the largest ever! However, they are also the generation most likely to “opt-out” of conventional political processes. Turnout at elections is decreasing, and political parties struggle to recruit young members, meaning that young people are most at risk of exclusion from the political process.
On the other hand, young people are as politically active as ever and are at the forefront of many global movements and youth-led organisations. They engage politically in different, unconventional ways outside of the traditional political system.
How can we bridge this growing distance between young people and political institutions? We need all actors of society to work together to remove the barriers to participation. This includes better citizenship education, electoral reform and lowering the voting age, but also a complete rethink of how our democratic systems work.
Learn more & check out our campaign, #YouthUp!
#EUElections2019: young people and democracy
In just two weeks, ?? citizens will go to the polls to elect a new European Parliament. But what are young people thinking about the elections? ? We went throughout Europe to ask young people their thoughts on democracy.