The difficult economic situation in many countries worldwide, in Europe in particular, has severely dampened growth rates in the economy which, in turn, has translated into rising unemployment. This global problem has become a major challenge for governments and international organizations alike. According to the International Labour Organization, almost 202 million people were unemployed in 2013 around the world1. Out of this figure, 40 million are long-term unemployed (staying out of work for over 12 months).
In view of the alarming situation on the labor market, it becomes crucial to seek new and effective ways to activate the unemployed and, consequently, to curb the high unemployment.
Featuring examples of solutions from countries including Poland, the UK, the Netherlands, Australia and France, our research finds that successful measures to activate and engage the unemployment share the following characteristics: