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Adolescents and Youth Migration: Harnessing the Development Potential while Mitigating Risk

Author(s): M. Boampong

According to the Youth Supplement of the UN Population Fund’s State of the World Population Report 2007, if the definition of youth includes young people up to the age of 29, young people represent half of global migrant flows. A UNICEF report further argues that, ‘young people are one of the important stakeholders in international migration. However, they are largely invisible in research, public debates and policy about international migration’. As a contribution to the Informal Thematic Debate on International Migration and Development, the author highlights the advantages of investing in youth and calls on actors to enhance youth participation in migration policy debates; improve capacity building for co-management of migration; and provide support for co-development. The paper calls for addressing the root causes of migration, while ensuring social protection for, and promoting human rights of, young migrants.  The article concludes that restrictive migration policies can never be the solution to reducing the rate of youth migration.

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Author(s): M. Boampong



Main theme(s):

Independent Child Migration

Sub-theme(s): South - North South - South

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Keywords: Development Policy UN


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