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Colombia is the second country in the OECD with the most young people who neither work nor study

The OECD revealed that the country continues to be the second in the organization with the most young people who neither study nor work. ⁠

The study produced the complete list of the 34 countries with the most young people in this condition. The first on the list is Turkey, with a 28.7% share, followed by Colombia, as mentioned, with 27.1%. Then there are other nations like Italy, with 26%; Costa Rica (25.9%); Chile (23.4%); Greece (21.4%); Mexico (20.9%); Spain (19.4%); United States (16.3%), and France (15.1%).⁠

The OECD explains that the analysis of youth in education includes those who attend education part-time or full-time, but excludes those who are in non-formal education and in educational activities of very short duration.⁠

In Costa Rica, for example, one in five unemployed people are ‘ninis; that is, a young person between the ages of 15 and 24 who does not study or work. It is estimated that there are 160,000 people, approximately.
Regarding how Colombia is doing, a local study by the Educational Economics Laboratory (LEE) indicated that in the country there are around 3.1 million young people who neither study nor work. This means that about 26% of young people between the ages of 14 and 28 do not study or work in the country.

If there is discrimination based on sex, it is women who suffer the most from this scourge. The LEE report says that 67% of young people who neither study nor work are women.

But, which are those cities in the country where there is a higher concentration of ‘ninis’?
The Colombian cities with the highest rate of ‘ninis’ are Valledupar, Riohacha, Santa Marta, Quibdó and Cúcuta, with percentages that exceed 28% of ‘ninis’.

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And it is that, from 2019 to 2020, Colombia has worsened (increased the percentage of ninis) relative to other countries. Possibly, in the context of covid-19, where many young people were especially affected in educational and labor terms, they contributed to the Nini population increases, LEE said.

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