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Starting Situation

Around 11% of Austria’s 15 to 24-year-olds are neither training nor employed. These people are assigned to the »NEET« (not in employment, education or training) group. The vast majority of these young people and young adults have a migration background.

The Problem

Those belonging to the NEET group have a particularly hard time joining working life, which can subsequently lead to social insecurity and isolation. Unemployed young people usually have a lack of self-confidence and have had bad experiences with the school system and conventional learning opportunities.

The Austrian education and social system have not yet come up with any satisfactory answers for the long transition phases for young people with a maximum of one mandatory school-leaving qualification. Alternative forms of learning, therefore, have a key role to play. And this is where the educational concept »Kicken ohne Grenzen« steps in.

The Figures

In Austria, young people with a migration background are considerably more likely to be NEETs than those without a migration background (14% compared to 6% respectively).

Overall, the risk is significantly higher for female migrants: one quarter (just under 24%) of first-generation immigrant women aged 16 to 24 are affected by the NEET phenomenon (the equivalent figure for men is 13.5%).

(According to a study by the ISW, IBE and JKU (2012): »Supporting the Labour Market Policy Target Group “NEET”«)

»Young people who are not integrated into the labour market and training system have less trust in institutions and a lower level of engagement in society.«


— According to Eurofound’s 2012 report »NEETs – Young people not in employment, education or training: Characteristics, costs and policy responses in Europe«
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Job Goals

helps young people and young adults who have come to »Kicken ohne Grenzen« through football to enter the education system and working life.

Job Goals

helps young people and young adults who have come to »Kicken ohne Grenzen« through football to enter the education system and working life.

Kicken ohne Grenzen is currently supervising approximately 120 young people.


— Situation at the end of 2018