The difficulties that young people and women experience in accessing the labour market in Greece deprive the country’s economy of the labour potential of some of the most dynamic segments of Greek society. Given the urgent need to address the output gap produced by the crisis and to reform the national growth model towards innovation and extroversion, mobilization of and investment in Greece’s human capital is of paramount importance for Greece’s economic future.

In this context, the aim of the proposed initiative is twofold:

(a) document and analyse the conditions of the Greek labour market and examine the main barriers that constrain access for the young people, placing an emphasis on gender aspects of such barriers; and

(b) formulate appropriate policy proposals on how to facilitate the access of young people to the Greek labour market, including specific recommendations on how to overcome gender related barriers.

The project will seek to benefit from and utilize knowledge transfer, experience and good practices from Norway, as well as from other Nordic countries.

Project Partner: Fafo Institute for Labor and Social Research (Fafo)






Funded by: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants ( (Bilateral Fund)

The project’s Scientific Director is Dimitris KatsikasDaphne Nicolitsas is Scientific Advisor, Kyriakos Filinis and Berry Lalioti are Researchers, while Apostolos Fasianos, A.G. Leventis Research Chair Postdoctoral Research Fellow, is also participating in the project. 

Alexia Mitsikostas is the Project Manager.

News & Media 

Women in the labour market: A bet for the Greek economy (D. Katsikas, 15 October 2020,

Project launch: “Youth Employment and Gender Equality: Mobilizing human capital for sustainable growth in Greece” (12 November 2020) 

From the debt crisis to the pandemic: the difficulties of integrating young people into the labour market (D. Katsikas, 12 November 2020, 

Podcast on women in the labor market – Daphne Nicolitsas and Berry Lalioti (in Greek) (26 March 2021)

Podcast on Young people in the labour market: challenges and prospects – Charalampos Chrysomallidis and Kyriakos Filinis (in Greek) (28 May 2021)

Young people enrol in universities, but do they complete their studies at them? – Charalampos Chrysomallidis (, 8 July 2021)

What do young people think about the value of their skills on the job market? (D. Katsikas, 22 July 2021,

Young Women and discrimination in the labour market (D. Katsikas, 9 December 2021, Kathimerini)

ELIAMEP: Online discussion on ‘Youth Employment and Gender Equality’ (9 December 2021, Kathimerini)

Limited dialogue causes trouble (D. Nicolitsas, 13 December 2021, Ta Nea)