Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Research in Humanities and Social Sciences
The impact of COVID-19 on Youth Unemployment in Albania
Young people are socially and economically impacted from the pandemic situation. The global health crises affected almost all aspects of young people lives in short and long terms. The aim of this study is to explore the impact of COVID-19 on youth unemployment in Albania. It also focuses on the need to strengthen public employment policies for a smooth transition from school to work. Using the snowball sampling strategy the questionnaire was completed by 534 young people living in Tirana. 31% of them were unemployed and out of these 45% lost their job as a result of the pandemic. The risk of being excluded from labour market has been increased significantly for recent graduated (83%) and particularly for female young people. Transitioning to the labour market is still a challenge. Therefore, it is important that policy makers take effective measure to support young graduated people to overcome the pandemic effects and develop them through upskilling and reskilling programmes.
Keywords: COVID-19; youth unemployment; school-to-work transition; young graduated people; upskilling and reskilling programmes.