Around 314,000 young people in Portugal do not study or work and in the past three years, the number has risen by 10,000 each year.
Figures released by the National Statistics Institute (INE) show that 16% of the inactive population in the country are young people aged between 15 and 30 who are neither employed nor studying.
According to Eugénio Rosa, an economist and member of the CGTP workers syndicate, this situation reflects the economic crisis.
“In Portugal, there are no incentives for job creation and the young, even with academic degrees, cannot find work,” he said. “This younger generation has no future, which is regrettable.”