It is widely acknowledged that Palestinian youths between the ages of 15–29 have a low participation rate in the labor force. Population Council research has shown that this age group faces many barriers and challenges that make it difficult to pursue work. The prevailing political, economic, social, cultural, and educational conditions are major contributors to the low work participation, in addition to a decreased sense of self-confidence and low self-esteem. The conclusions from the research were to propose practical solutions to help this generation to regain self-confidence and self-esteem and become more active participants in the labor force. There is evidence to show that the majority of these young people are eager to join the labor force to improve their living standard, under the right circumstances.
Majeed, Ayman Abdul. 2011. "Decrease of youth participation in the labor market in the Palestinian territories: Reasons and determinants from gender prospects [Arabic]," Gender and Work in the MENA Region Working Paper no. 14. Cairo: Population Council.
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