Thousands of young Turks are in jail, millions unemployed, says main opposition lawmaker

Tens of thousands of students are jailed and nearly two million young people are unemployed, Turkey's main opposition party said on Sunday that marks the Turkish national holiday, Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day.

The opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) lawmaker Tekin Bingöl said, citing data given by the Ministry of Justice, 36,033 students are imprisoned since 2016, news site T24 reported. 

Bingöl said it is the right of all youth to have a country where the problems in education are solved, a modern education system is provided, and where the youth is employed, not judged by their opinions or marginalised.

The rate of youth unemployment in Turkey has soared above the European average to reach 24.5 percent in 2019, another report by CHP presented. One-fourth of Turkey’s over 3.7 million unemployed hold university degrees.

The opposition politician said there are nearly 2 million unemployed young people in the country, while 1.8 million youth are working illegally. Unemployment is dragging youth to suicides, according to Tekin. 12 prospective teachers, who weren't appointed to duty, killed themselves in the last year. 

Tekin also cited the deaths at workplaces, saying that 1827 young people died due to workplace accidents in the last seven years. 

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