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People of various ages are experiencing its consequences differently (OECD, 2020b). For young people, and in particular youth from more vulnerable backgrounds, the crisis poses a considerably more adverse risk when compared to others in society in relation to education, employment, mental health and well-being, alongside a whole host of other worries and considerations.

COVID-19 has had severe and lasting economic and social implications across the globe, many of which are yet to be fully seen or realised. The virus has disrupted most aspects of life, as its impact extends far beyond the health risks associated with the pathogen itself. Across Europe, everyday services essential for health and well-being grinded to a halt as entire populations went into lockdown.

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