“The answer to the precariousness of young people is not the RSA”

Tribune. The health and economic crisis that we are going through particularly affects young people: the strained labor market, isolation, psychological distress, precariousness … Faced with the emergency, the government stands by its side.

With 7 billion euros invested, the “1 young person, 1 solution” plan is of unprecedented scale. With its hiring and apprenticeship bonuses, it has made it possible to obtain unprecedented results despite the crisis. In 2020, France exceeded the bar of 500,000 apprentices for the first time in its history and nearly 1.2 million young people under the age of 26 were hired on CDI or CDD for more than three months between August and December, almost as much as in 2018 and 2019 at the same time.

But we must continue to act against the precariousness that strikes our youth. This is why we defend the generalization of the “youth guarantee” rather than the opening of the RSA to 18-25 year olds.

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The reason is deep. At 20, you want to be able to trace the path of your future. Of course, financial aid can come to fill certain gaps. But they are not and should not be an end in themselves. No young person in a precarious situation aspires to benefits as their only horizon. Above all, he wants to be able to find training or a job to get out of it. And it is this support that we owe to each young person.

Become autonomous

Does the answer hold in a young RSA? We think not. Because the “integration” component which was to be the counterpart of this solidarity income has disappeared. In 2019, more than one in two recipients of the RSA for less than six months did not benefit from support towards employment. It is not this horizon that we want to give to our youth. Because if the RSA no longer plays its role of integration tool, it cannot become a factor of emancipation. It is clear that the defenders of the young RSA close their eyes to this reality. However, our youth are asking to get out of this sustainably, not that we only allow them to survive.

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This is why, to those for whom the young RSA has become a Pavlovian reflex, we answer that we have better to offer young people: the generalization of the youth guarantee to all those who need it. We are convinced that it will make it possible to respond to the imperative to offer financial support to face the emergency, while offering real human support towards employment, to allow young people to become independent and to live on. get out of it for good.

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