In 2015, five years after the Arab Spring, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung assigned TNS Infratest, in collaboration with a scientific advisory board and the University of Leipzig, with the implementation of a large-scale quantitative study about youth in the MENA region. The objective of this survey is to explore conditions for economic integration and political participation among young people in eight different countries (Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Yemen). The survey also includes Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The nationwide samples comprise 1000 interviewed persons per country in the age range of 16 to 30 years. Qualitative interviews (10 per country) will complement the collected quantitative data.
The approach of the study addresses risks and uncertainties, which shape young people’s everyday life and require flexible modes of how to adapt and organize life. The survey examines economic aspects such as household livelihood security, sources of revenue and consumption as well as political and social issues (political transformations, armed conflicts, social networks, mobility and migration).
The regional project hence combines scientific analysis with organizational networking and political advocacy. The outcomes of the study will inform public debate and provide a basis for consultancy work and programmatic support. They will also create synergies with existing networks of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in the MENA region, especially the Young Leaders Programme.