ESIN

European Small Islands Federation

Young islanders

I have been peer-reviewing young islanders’ situation on Åland and in Croatia. There is a lack of data (what is “young”; how many young people are lacking jobs (except in summer), gender perspectives), there is a lack of explicit consequences if we do nothing, and there is a lack of responsability given to the young themselves, with support , funding and mentoring.

Young people in both archipelagoes seem to think that it is possible to create new jobs if we go for quality tourism, visitor centres, local product branding, small ecological footprints, energy saving projects, low-carbon transports – “Green jobs”.

Here is a a link to a Croatian TV broadcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jhk2vUTanw. II you you jump the first 10 minutes will find Jany Hansal chair of DESA Dubrovnik, yours truly and Denis Baric president of the Croatian Islands Parliament.

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