Youth in the turmoil of the coronavirus - episode 1

Audio 48:30

Being young in 2020 is a tough time © iStock / ViewAppart

By: Emmanuelle Bastide

51 min

They are 20 years old in 2020, the age of all possibilities and yet the covid-19 pandemic has disrupted their daily lives and compromised their dreams and aspirations.


Closure of universities, interrupted internships, difficult entry into the labor market, complicated friendships and love,… Young people are already paying a heavy price and in the long term, a whole generation risks being marked for life by this health crisis and economical.

Overview of this “covid generation” with our correspondents in Brazil, the United States, India and China.


  • Stéphane Carcillo

    , Director of the Employment and Income Division of the OECD, Affiliate Professor in the Economics Department of Sciences Po

  • A report in Brazil by

    Sarah Cozzolino

    , RFI correspondent in Rio de Janeiro.

    Sarah Cozzolino, met young people from the favela complex of Maré, in the northern zone of Rio, who because of the covid-19 pandemic, had to postpone their projects of independence and studies.

  • A report in India by

    Sébastien Farcis

    , RFI correspondent in New Delhi where the confinement marked, for the students, the end of the demonstrations against the law on citizenship which had ignited the capital at the beginning of the year.

  • Our permanent correspondent in Beijing,

    Stéphane Lagarde,

    met young graduates who are worried about their future jobs while the covid-19 epidemic is nevertheless under control in China.

  • Thomas Harms

    , RFI correspondent in Houston, discusses the situation of young students in Texas, the American state which has the largest number of cases of coronavirus in universities.

Also listen on the RFI website:

►The debate of the day: Are young people the collateral victims of the Coronavirus?

►Health priority: After six months of pandemic, how do young people see the future?


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  • Society

  • Coronavirus

  • After the Covid-19 towards a new world?

  • Youth

  • India

  • China

  • Brazil

  • United States