The lack of qualified and diversified jobs affects the attractiveness of some mountain areas. The recent Euromontana report on mountain youth shows that, on a European scale, access to education and employment are the two main factors that force young people to move elsewhere. In Spain, 87% of the young mountain people interviewed by Euromontana said they wanted to continue living in the mountains, but they also complained about the lack of jobs and housing opportunities.
The “Return of Young People to Aragon” programme encourages young people to return to settle in the region of Aragon, Spain, by improving their access to employment. The initiative supports young people in their search for jobs, connects them with local businesses and facilitates their settlement in the region.
The success of the programme lies in its comprehensive vision of the barriers to youth settlement in rural and mountainous areas of Spain: by supporting employment, business creation and access to housing, the programme offers comprehensive support to young talents.
Discover the programme’s achievements, governance and resources in our good practice.31 March 2022