This report contains a discussion of the main findings emerging from a study of the role of young people in the student mobilizations in Ireland in 2010 and 2011. After a brief discussion of how the recent economic crisis sharpened young people’s social and labor market exclusion resulting in high levels of emigration, we offer a comprehensive analysis of the main domestic factors – both policy (factors related to labour market and social inclusion) and organizational (factors to pertaining social and political engagement) – that affected youth activism and provided the backdrop of the student mobilizations. In the final parts, the particular characteristics and events of the 2010/2011 student protests are elaborated. The report concludes by delving into the transformative impact of the student mobilizations and their effects on the national context.
1. Country Context
2. Overview of the Situation of Young People
3. Factors of Youth Exclusion in a Context of Crisis
3.1 Policy Factors
3.2 Organizational Factors
4. Youth Mobilization at Critical Times