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Majority of young people anxious, even frightened, about future, according to survey

Young people anxious, frightened, following the pandemic
John Breslin

CLOSE to two thirds of young people in Northern Ireland worry about their future every day, according to a survey commissioned by The Prince's Trust.

And more than half of 16-25 year-olds believe these are “frightening” times for their generation.

A majority (68 per cent) think their job prospects will never recover from pre-pandemic times, much higher than the 36 per cent across the UK.

About 2,000 young people were surveyed by Censuswide, which asked: “how confident, hopeful and in control they felt of their lives and careers since the pandemic”.

The results were revealed as The Prince's Trust launches its Class of Covid campaign to raise awareness of the impact of the pandemic on a generation of young people.

Recent political and economic events are also causing anxiety while 61 per cent agreed “their aspirations for the future are lower now as a result of global events since 2020”.

The research also suggests those from lower income backgrounds are more likely to be anxious about their future prospects.

Mark Dougan of The Prince's Trust in the north, said: “Young people in Northern Ireland today are facing a unique set of repercussions from the pandemic, impacting their education, employment and wellbeing, and leaving them facing uncertain futures. As the economic climate continues to change around us, we must not turn our back on this generation."

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