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International Youth Work: Facts and figures

International Youth Work Data Report

International and European youth work offer learning and experience spaces for young people from different countries to meet and exchange. Mutual understanding, tolerance and openness are supported as well as intercultural learning, assumption of responsibility and civic engagement. Especially in times of increasing xenophobia and national egoism, it is of particular importance to reduce fear of contact, to promote joint commitment in Europe and the world, and to create a counterbalance to resentment and prejudice.

But how many youth exchanges take place in Germany and in the partner countries each year? What about the exchange of professionals? What are the most important topics and which partner countries do the organisations work with? Until now, there has been a lack of reliable data on international youth work in Germany.

A central concern of this "Data Report on International Youth Work" published by IJAB is to create an empirical basis for the further development of the field of international youth work and at the same time to illuminate and strengthen its recognition by collecting and making visible the available data. In addition, the data report offers a concrete added value for organisations and actors in the field, contributes to a higher recognition and visibility of international youth work and strengthens the quality development of the field on several levels.

On the basis of a feasibility study and an expert workshop, recommendations were developed on how to successfully combine and present the different instruments and procedures of data collection in an overall process. These recommendations were discussed with representatives of the bilateral youth offices, JUGEND für Europa, selected nationwide organisations and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). This resulted in a concept for the regular publication of a "Data Report on International Youth Work". A first model report based on the data from 2017 was published in spring 2020. This report was then discussed and optimised.

After a long pandemic-related break, the "Data Report International Youth Work 2019" was published, presented and discussed in a working group at the BMFSFJ's Central Conference for the Further Development of European and International Youth Policy and Youth Work on 23/24 May 2022.

The publication can be downloaded as a PDF or is available as a printed version (in German).

Contact persons
Mareike Ketelaar
Head of Department
Qualification and Further Development of
International Youth Work
Tel.: +49 (0)228 9506-116
Julia Hallebach
Project Officer
Qualification and Further Development of
International Youth Work
Tel.: 0228 9506-136
Susanne Klinzing
Research Officer
Tel.: +49 (0)228 9506-113