FES MENA Youth Study

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) views young women and men as a decisive factor for democratic development in the region and is keen to strengthen their potential to initiate change in the world of politics and across society. Based on the results on a long-term survey, the FES seeks to foster engagement with young people’s situation in the MENA region.

FES MENA Youth Study 2021

In 2021, the FES launched the second large-scale representative survey in 12 MENA countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Tunisia and Yemen.

With its 1.000 in-depth interviews per country, the FES MENA Youth Study 2021 generates a large database of answers to more than 200 questions concerning the personal background of the interviewees and their answers to a variety of topics. The analysis of the data is currently ongoing; national and regional results shall be published soon.

FES MENA Youth Study 2016: Coping with Uncertainty

In 2016/2017, the FES conducted its first large-scale representative survey of youths and young adults in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Encompassing around 9,000 young people between 16 and 30 years from Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia, the results offer fascinating insights into their attitudes to life, self-image, and perceptions of the future.

The FES MENA Youth Study 2016 reveals the uncertainties confronting young people from the region in many realms. However, faced with these imperatives, young people find ways to cope with difficult circumstances and discover their own solutions to make headway. Many of them look to the future with confidence, despite major economic upheavals and scant scope for political participation, as well as violence, war, poverty, and hunger in some countries.

In-depth analyses of the FES MENA Youth Study 2016 have been published in a collective work, “Coping with Uncertainty: Youth in the Middle East and North Africa”, edited by Jörg Gertel and Ralf Hexel in German, English and Arabic. With contributions by Mathias Albert, Ines Braune, Helmut Dietrich, Jörg Gertel, Sonja Hegasy, Ralf Hexel, David Kreuer, Rachid Ouaissa, Carola Richter, Christoph H. Schwarz, Nadine Sika, Thorsten Spengler, Friederike Stolleis, Ann-Christin Wagner, Isabelle Werenfels and Tamara Wyrtki.

Main Results of the 2016 Study

1. Young people in the MENA region are vulnerable

2. The family is the main point of reference

3. Young people’s gender roles reflect intersectional inequalities

4. Religiosity is increasing, but is practiced on an individual level

5. MENA youth distance themselves from politics

6. Democracy is the preferred political system

7. Political mobilisation focuses on socio-economic objectives

8. Civic engagement occurs outside institutions

9. Most young people do not want to emigrate

10. MENA youth are optimistic about the future


Coping with frustration

Dihstelhoff, Julius

Coping with frustration

A self-assessment of Tunisian youth ; FES MENA youth study: country analysis Tunisia
Berlin, 2018

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Optimism during uncertain times

Kreitmeyr, Nadine

Optimism during uncertain times

A report on Jordanian youth : FES MENA youth study: country analysis Jordan
Berlin, 2018

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Waiting for the state, relying on the family

Transfeld, Mareike

Waiting for the state, relying on the family

Yemen's youth in peril : FES MENA youth study: country analysis Yemen
Berlin, 2018

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10.06.2022 | Youth Study | Events

"Maghreb Youth in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia", a symposium organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in…


30.10.2021 | Youth Study | Events

A conference entitled "The Covid19 pandemic and youth" was attended by participants from the various FES youth programs in Tunisia.



| Youth Study | Press

Seven years after the Arab uprisings, the social situation has deteriorated across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).


| Youth Study | Press

This book is the product of a project undertaken by Germany’s Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with the University of Leipzig and other…


| Youth Study | Press

A study by Germany's Friedrich Ebert Foundation shows that young people from Arabic-speaking countries have an optimistic outlook on life, but little…


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Project Director

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Survey Data

The data collected on assignment by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and in collaboration of Kantar Public (previously TNS Infratest Politikforschung) and the University Leipzig can be found in separate PDF-Files for each country:

Questionnaire, MENA Regional overview, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syrian Refugees, Tunisia