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#YouthNow: The Situation of Global Youth in Globalization and Migration

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The #YouthNow campaign highlights the current situation of Global Youth on a number of development issues. One of the issues is Globalization and Migration. Youth play very prominent role in Migration and Globalization; the exact extent of their contribution is captured below:

  • Migrant youth are more likely to experience exploitative working conditions, inadequate access to vocational training, and social exclusion. [UN World Youth Report, 2013, http://bit.ly/1kw5Gu7]
  • 28 million young people leave their countries of birth to seek employment in another country. [UN Global Migration Group, 2013, http://bit.ly/1IeGkje]
  • Half of all unemployed youth that are migrants need more than a year to find a job. [UN World Youth Report, 2013, http://bit.ly/1kw5Gu7]
  • Globally, 46% of migrants aged 15-24 are young women or girls. [UN Global Migration Group, 2013, http://bit.ly/1IeGkje]
  • There are approximately 28 million international migrants between the ages of 15 and 24 years old, representing about 12% of the total migrant population. [UN Global Migration Group, 2013, http://bit.ly/1IeGkje]
  • Migration may empower young women and reinforce equitable gender norms.[UN, 2013, http://bit.ly/1kw5Gu7]
  • Migration for reasons related to education or employment can allow girls to avoid marriage at a young age. [UN, 2013, http://bit.ly/1kw5Gu7]
  • The inflow of remittances may contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction in countries of origin and may also stimulate investment in human capital. [UN, 2013, http://bit.ly/1kw5Gu7]
  • The most prominent reasons for young people to migrate are in search of alternative livelihoods and opportunities in education, employment, marriage and family reunification, as well as protection from conflict. [UN World Youth Report, 2013, http://bit.ly/1kw5Gu7]
  • UNWTO estimates that around 20% of the 990 million international tourists travelling the world in 2011 were young people. [UNWTO, 2011, http://bit.ly/1l0llG2]
  • Young travelers generated some 165 billion USD in international tourism receipts and this continues to grow. [UNWTO,2011,http://bit.ly/1l0llG2]

Source: UN Youth Envoy on Youth

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