Call for Contributions for 2013 UN World Youth Report on Youth Migration and Development
Over the past few decades, a political, economic, social and demographic change in many parts of the world has stimulated migration of people to cities within and across countries. Other emerging issues including environmental/climate change has also been identified as a key feature of the drivers of migration. Globalization which facilitates communication and transportation has also influenced migration and interaction between migrants and non-migrants within and across national borders. Migration from developed to developing countries has been a common phenomenon, however recent evidence shows that there is a growing incidence of migration from one developing country. Furthermore, approximately half (49 percent) of all international migrants are women.
While considerable attention is given to the issue of migration and its potential economic and social impacts on origin, transit and destination countries, to date very little attention has been given to understanding the livelihood struggles and opportunities that migration presents for migrants themselves, and in particular, young migrants. To this end, the 2013 World Youth Report (WYR) is purposed to fill this gap by offering a multidimensional account of the life experiences of young migrants and young people affected by migration.
As part of the process leading to the development of the UN World Youth Report 2013, the UN Focal Point on Youth will organize a number of interactive activities, among them, an online survey, an e-consultation, a Google+ Hangout with young people and experts. The aim of these is to give young migrants and other youth affected by migration the space to share their experiences on migration. Having young people participate directly through various activities will help us to ensure that the World Youth Report is based on the perspectives of those young people who continue to form a significant part of international migrants but have had limited opportunities to share their views on migration, its opportunities and challenges.
These interactive activities commenced on 23 January and will run until 22 February 2013. To learn more about how to participate please click here