If you are between the ages of 15 and 24, log onto Facebook, update your Twitter, and post a selfie on your Instagram because today is International Youth Day #InternationalYouthDay #Celebrate #NoFilter. Every August 12 is International Youth day, a day meant to celebrate the accomplishments of the young people of the world. The UN chose this years theme to be “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward.”
Benefits of Youth Migration
The Pew Research Center described Millennials as, “confident, self-expressive, liberal, and open to change.” These characteristics, paired with relatively cheap transportation costs, make international travel a viable option for many young people who don’t have strong ties at home, or who are just adventurous in general. Many young people (th
e majority being young women) migrate to another country to learn another language, to gain new experiences and to look for work. The United World Project recently talked about youth migration stating, “They can provide financial as well as social remittances, including innovative ideas, practices, identities, and social capital.” Although it seems like both sides of the equation are equal and mutually beneficial, some young people who migrate aren’t always welcomed with open arms. (Photo by: UofL International Student & Scholar Services).
Risks of Migration
The same United World Project article described a number of risks that young migrants may face: “Pre-departure through in-transit, post-arrival and return and reintegration to their own society.” The article goes on to say that migrants are “often misguided and susceptible to abuse and exploitation.” This is an unfortunate reality because some young migrants don’t know their rights, or didn’t do their research. “Information is power,” says Jo Rispoli of the International Organization for Migration. If someone is misinformed, it may cost them dearly, especially if they are far away from home.
What Should Be Done
The familiar picture of stick figures holding hands around a world is supposed to signify camaraderie, tolerance, and a global community that stands together. However, this is not even remotely the case. Migrants being taken advantage and being misinformed about the place they are traveling to is the norm, and this is a big enough problem that the UN made it a topic for an international holiday. Migrants should read up-to-date guidebooks and always do their research on places and jobs they have accepted. Doing this could mean the difference between a positive life changing experience, or a very dark one.
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