According to data recently released by Eurostat
, 21.9 percent of young people in Spain were early leavers from education and training in 2014, more than any other EU country
. In this case, a young education or training leaver is defined as someone who has completed at most a secondary level education and who has not been in further education or training during the four weeks preceding the survey. Italy and the UK also have a higher leaving rate than the EU average with 15.0 and 11.8 percent respectively. Eurostat also included some neighbouring countries in their research. Turkey
in particular has a very high rate of younger people departing education and training - 38.3 percent.